Monday, September 19, 2005

Train up a child

I don't think that these people are joking, but they are amusing:

Yes, it's Biblical Action Figures to help get the kids thinking right...

Still, at least they aren't racist; and you get an angel worth $4.95 with each additional purchase.

[with thanksto Dan E for the link]


Sam Jordison said...

Just worked out where they got their name from:

"Train up a child in a way he should go and when he
is old he will not depart from it."Proverbs 22:6

Like in the Hitler Youth?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your extensive Bible research. ;-) I think that the point of this proverb is well taken; no matter how we educate our youth (according to the teachings of Jesus, Hitler, Buddha or whoever) it will affect the rest of their lives. The emphasis here is on proper education, not indoctrination.

As far as the concept of Bible action figures goes, why not? There are certainly toys out there more silly than that.

Anonymous said...

Oh rilly? I've just been looking at the website and got the impression from the website that the plan was to indoctrinate the kids into Christianity... if they were interested in real education, surely they'd want to teach them where the Bible came from, it's unlikely history, the way the New Testament was cobbled together in the Third Century, the crimes that have been committed in its name ever since...

And could you post a link to some sillier toys? I'd love to see them.

Anonymous said...

Well, it seems you've been indoctrinated as well! I can't defend all the bad things that have been done in the name of Christianity. I can certainly say that all the anti-Christian sentiment over the past 50 years in particular has forced Christians to defend our faith with a more reasoned defense than might be necessary for a sympathetic audience. Of course, you can go back to the writings of Pascal, Aquinas, or Augustine (to name a few) to see that Christianity has always been a rational faith. So I think equating Christian education of children with "indoctrination" is making a generalization about Christian parents. There are certainly those who would teach their children "God said it, I believe it, that settles it." That approach is fine for young children; eventually, we all need more information to understand why we believe. That's why Christian education is a lifelong process.

I would encourage you to look at both sides of the issues that you toss out as arguments against Christianity. For example: Was the New Testament really cobbled together in the Third Century? Is it possible that manuscript evidence argues against this, and church history itself contradicts that claim? Regarding crimes committed in the name of Christianity, isn't it possible that people who crave power will gravitate to whatever belief system will give them the power to accomplish their goals? Isn't it also true that the horrendous evils of the 20th century were the result of various atheist philosophies (Nazism, Communism)? Let's not equate Christianity with the perpetrators of the crimes too quickly. The first-century Christians were anything but violent; and over the centuries Christians have been responsible for many humanitarian and social reforms.

Sillier toys? Well, maybe not in the pejorative sense, but here you go:

I might want a few of these myself.