The uglification of children's books...

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From our Munich correspondent, this from Flickr. It's a comparison of the 1963 and 1991 editions of Scary's Best Word Book Ever. (Comparing 1963 and 2013 would be much worse, I'm guessing.)

This pic shows our intense commitment to the removal of the beauty of God's Creation Order of sexuality from our world. (And those of you who want to defend fathers at stoves, please don't bother; I grew up with one.)

Today, those with faith in Jesus Christ to teach the goodness of sexuality will find the field uncontested—particularly in the church and very particularly in Reformed churches...

Male and female, manhood and womanhood, masculinity and femininity are despised. Yet Scripture says:

There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid. (Proverbs 30:18, 19)

Our Waxahachie correspondent also received this link from our Munich correspondent, and he responded:

The flickr set... was amazing in its display of "gender-norming." And, not only that, but it removed any laudatory notes as these would apply to one sex or the other. "Handsome pilot" becomes "pilot;" "pretty stewardess" becomes "flight attendant." Yuck.

And, then, there was also the editing of the text portions, to dumb them down—no compound complex sentences, no noun phrases. Indeed, any sort of subordination of phrases to one another is smoothed out to a bland plane of paratactic plainness. Grammatical egalitarianism at work!

Makes me determined to get myself to the Half-Price bookstore and find the old version to read to my grandchild (and, Lord willing, grandchildren).

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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