March 16, 2008

Something's Missing ....

The folks at the Two Institutions blog noticed something missing from their children's' Sunday School lesson for Easter -- the Resurrection.

According to the folks at First Look, the Gospel is "simply too violent for preschoolers."

This is what they said in a letter (from the Two Institutions site above):

“because of the graphic nature of the Easter story and the crucifixion specifically, we need to be careful as we choose what we tell our preschoolers about Easter.” Further they say, “We have made this choice because the crucifixion is simply too violent for preschoolers.” They go on to justify their reason for this by suggesting that theories of cognitive development show that preschoolers are concrete thinkers and therefore “are simply unable to truly grasp what it means to die and then be raised again through the power of God.”
The full letter is available here.
What a shame that we're not willing to tell our kids the good news of Easter! Jesus said to let the little children come to Him, didn't he? I guess the folks at First Look think he must have meant to let the older kids come to Him. I know my daughter understood the basics of Easter quite well when she was in preschool -- because we taught her. One thing I've learned in teaching - kids will always live down to our expectations. We need to keep them higher than this.

{edited in response to correction mentioned in comments}

Posted by: Warren Kelly at 08:30 PM | Comments (78) | Add Comment
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1 Warren, I am the owner and author of the blog that is linked to in this post. Thanks so much for spreading the word about this obvious omission in this curriculum. Let me make one correction, however, the blog we write is called Two Institutions and is not affiliated with any church, ministry or denomination. I believe that you might have gotten your info from the Henry Institute who has corrected this incorrect citation. I would be most obliged if you could do the same for the sake of accuracy and integrity. Again, I humbled that you would link to us and I appreciate your blog ministry. Blessings, Mike

Posted by: Mike Hall at March 17, 2008 10:07 AM (Em7SD)

2 Thanks, Mike -- I'll make that change. That's exactly where I first heard of the story.

Posted by: Warren Kelly at March 17, 2008 01:32 PM (Y0tXa)

3 Children go to "heaven". They must behave apprioriately, think correctly and be genuinely god-fearing. Their innocence is their superiority, reflected in the favor in which the gods hold them. Religions teach that old people to go to heaven when they die. They don't. Old people are reincarnated. It's children who go to heaven. If you are not willing to read this and learn from it than it doesn't matter if you get it or not. {major snip -- dude, get your own blog if you want to post an article! Response is forthcoming}

Posted by: Children go to "heaven". They must behave apprioriately, think correctly and be genuinely god-feari at March 23, 2008 03:13 PM (77T8T)

4 I heavily edited that last comment. I have no problem with people posting their comments; however, I DO have a problem with people using my comment section for their own blog. Get a blog and post your drivel, dude. This comment was so disjointed and wandering that I have a hard time even responding. Reincarnation is FAR from proven, and I disagree with the idea. "It is appointed unto man ONCE to die, and then the judgment," as it is written. So I reject the premise right away. To say nothing of the fact that there are no actual facts presented in this wandering article/book. Given that, I guess it's pretty easy to refute the "argument" made -- YOU'RE WRONG. About as substantive, and I did it in two words. Thanks for playing!

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