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As the disconnection widens between America's children and their parents, culture has been effectively threatening the purity of today's Christian-raised young people. Many elements of culture have been severely handicapping the Church while staining its members. This tide is steadily growing more forceful still, and yet many parents are still keenly unaware. The Parents GAs the disconnection widens between America's children and their parents, culture has been effectively threatening the purity of today's Christian-raised young people. Many elements of culture have been severely handicapping the Church while staining its members. This tide is steadily growing more forceful still, and yet many parents are still keenly unaware. The Parents Guide to Popular Culture educates parents, topic by topic, on the cultural corruption facing today's young person and thoroughly explores several principles and solutions that are found thoroughout Scripture. This book is designed to be a bridge to parents to allow them to learn what their children are facing as well as what they are sure to face in the very near future....

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ISBN : 9781456596118
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 136 Pages
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The Parents Guide to Popular Culture Reviews

  • David
    2018-12-04 04:59

    I can't resist a good fundy book, and Todd delivers.Clearly, he defines his Christian faith in large measure by what behaviors he avoids. Given that mindset, I guess the book could hardly have been written otherwise.A smattering of highlights:P11: Kids should only use the internet when "completely necessary", and only then with constant monitoring.(Note: "completely necessary" was in bold)P15: The Wizard of Oz is an evil book, which "taught that it's not necessary to seek God because we have the necessary power within: medication, incantations, contemplative prayer, etc.".P16: By 2012, Wicca will be the third-largest American religion.(Uh, maybe the 18th largest: http://usreligionstatistics.info/)P25: Todd is (unsurprisingly) a young-earther, for while criticizing Pokémon, he writes "Bill, a pokemon researcher, confidently states that the earth is 4.6 billion years old... This is exactly what children are told in the fable of macro-evolution!"P31: He criticizes Disney's Hercules animated movie for being "completely based-off of pagan mythology". (Gee, thanks for the clarification.)P53: Claims that certain forms of music (rock, rap, etc.) can damage one's brain, given the songs' "certain patterns of rhythm, pitch, and mode contrasts, and musical frequencies being used."P85 Writes that media "is an umbilical cord from Satan himself to give you and your children a blood transfusion straight from hell."P97 I'd think that most authors, when demonstrating their topic with a factoid such as "People that text 120 times a day are 350% more likely to have had pre-marital sex" would at least pay lip service to the differences between correlation and causation. Not so, the fundy.Todd handles scripture poorly:One would get a false impression of the purpose and priorities of the gospel based on this author's narrow selection bias combined with his rampant proof texting (two hallmarks of legalistic writing). But other mishandlings of the scriptures abound -- examples:1) P54 When trying to show that music must be either evil or good, and that it cannot be neutral, he writes "Jesus effectively shattered the myth of neutrality in Matthew 12:30 with the following words: 'He that is not with me is against me".This is an amusing choice. Not just because Jesus wasn't talking about music in any way when he said this (obviously), but because Jesus also said "he that is not against us is for us".2) P89 The author condemns all forms of fiction that depict something he wouldn't approve of in real life. He writes:"Others say, 'Well, the evil isn't really happening. It's just appearing to happen; it's all staged. Therefore, it is acceptable... Or it is, at the very least, neutral.' Here's a big problem with that justification: 'Abstain from all appearance of evil.' 1 Thessalonians 5:22"Ah yes, I've never met a fundy that doesn't strive to keep alive this mistranslation. In recent years, it's mostly been relegated to the KJV-only crowd, as the vast majority of modern translations have correctly dropped the word "appearance" altogether. But it's essential to his reasoning, and he uses it on P17 as well.Uncompromising?Todd seems relentlessly zealous in his attempt to separate all things into distinct categories of good and evil. This is a consequence of worshiping at the altar of behavior. Even so, you can see him responding to some of the modern Christian pressures against the fundamentalist subculture. Just as nationally, Baptist churches have been removing the (increasingly unpopular) label "Baptist" from their church names, Todd also feels the need to distance himself from the label "legalism". But if condemning Scooby Doo isn't legalism, I'm not sure what is. And even though he also condemns nearly every form of music, film, and video game, he can't quite bring himself to criticize J.R.R. Tolkien (a Christian author) for the fictional magic he included in The Lord of the Rings. And I can understand why he didn't want to even mention C.S. Lewis'es Chronicles of Narnia, since the great Christian apologist also made frequent use of fictional magic throughout his stories, something verboten in Todd's world.Much of what Todd describes in this book poses little danger to our youth, but perhaps it is dangerous to the fundy subculture.