As It Is Written . . .
Dark Passages of the Bible
by Patrick Henry Reardon
Not long ago, in a Q&A session following a lecture, someone inquired of me, "How do you reconcile children to the violent stories found in the Old Testament?"
My response went along these lines: "I believe this is a bogus problem. In truth, I have never met a child disturbed by violence in literature. In my experience, on the contrary, children take narrative barbarity very much in stride, whether in the Bible, or the Brothers Grimm, or anywhere else."
For example, children expect a bad wolf in a good story to fall to the sword or the ax—they depend on it—whether on the last page . . .
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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).
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