Hey, friends! We have finally reached the last section of Natasha Crain’s Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, titled “Conversations About Science.” YAY!! This last section consists of eight chapters which I will hopefully be condensing into two posts. It’s important to note that Natasha, who likely wishes not to alienate her reading audience, does not promote any one view but rather offers an objective look at creationism and its subdivisions.Read More
1 In the beginning man created god.
2 And the man’s understanding was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of his science. And the Spirit of man moved upon the face of his reasoning.
3 And man said, Let there be a written scripture: and there was a written scripture.
4 And man saw the scripture, that it was good and literally inspired: and man divided the scripture from all else.
Hey, friends! Winding down our "Conversations About the Bible" in Natasha Crain's Keeping Your Kids on God's Side, today we'll be gathering the kids around as Natasha guides us through the question "Does the Bible support human sacrifice?" AWKWARD. On second thought, send the kids outside to play again. Like the last few posts, I'm sure Natasha will elucidate why skeptics have it all wrong. Let's see what she says: "Even skeptics acknowledge that God condemns human sacrifice." Umm, no, we don't. Now, I will admit that Yahweh seems to have a love/hate relationship with human sacrifice, but it's mostly love.Read More
In the past, I've accused the creator of the universe as being inconsistent, but that's not wholly true. God is actually quite consistent when it comes to the deplorable treatment of women. He's either providing the laws in which women are clearly treated as second class citizens, laying out their monetary worth in shekels (Part One of this post), or he's impotently sitting back as the Israelite men have their way with the female spoils of war. Okay, parents, round up the kids and grab your Bible. It's study time! If you thought the Israelite women had it bad...Read More
Last week, while talking about the standards of slavery that the creator of the universe set forth in the Old Testament, we touched lightly on the abhorrent treatment of women in the Bible. I'm afraid we've got more of the same this week as Natasha Crain asks, "Does the Bible support rape?" in chapter 31 of her Christian parenting book, Keeping Your Kids on God's Side.Read More
"Does the Bible support slavery?" That is the topic of today's post and the title of Chapter 30 of Natasha Crain's Keeping Your Kids on God's Side. When an apologetics book for Christian parents necessitates a chapter on defending, I mean, defining biblical slavery, you know there's a problemRead More
Hi, guys! I'm taking a short detour from my book review to actually revisit a post from January of this year, titled "Wasted Time." I haven't altered the content of my post, which you may have already read. My point is to direct your attention to the words of a commenter who offered a very profound and thoughtful perspective on the extreme difficulty of leaving a religion that you were indoctrinated into. I hope you'll find his words as helpful as I did. Thank you, AlanW, for sharing your heartfelt words with us.Read More
Hi, friends! We're moving right along through Natasha Crain's Keeping Your Kids on God's Side. In Chapter 29, Natasha asks, "Does the Bible have errors and contradictions?" With skeptics claiming that the Bible is filled with contradictions and errors, Christian parents need to prepare their children for these potential challenges, teaching them how to properly evaluate scripture. Oh, boy. Does it really need to be this hard? Imagine the poor child that's being subjected to this apologetic torture.Read More
Hi there! Last week we covered the trustworthiness of the Gospel's authors. Along a similar line, today we'll discuss whether or not our biblical manuscripts are accurate. Chapter 28 of Natasha Crain's Keeping Your Kids on God's Side asks, "How do we know the Bible we have today says what the authors originally wrote?" Considering that we have none of the original texts, it's an excellent question.Read More
I'll never forget when my husband, who left Christianity quite a bit before I did, asked me who wrote the Gospels. He had recently been asking me a lot of questions for which I had insufficient answers, so I wasn't completely shocked when my answer of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John was incorrect. He informed me that the authors were anonymous and most likely not even eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus.Read More