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One page on this Christian children’s book about spiders contains numerous mistakes

It’s one thing when religious fundamentalists teach their beliefs as facts – especially to children. But what about when they completely misconstrue already existing facts, misleading children (and their parents) into believing they’re coming from a reliable and researched source?

It’s one thing when religious fundamentalists teach their beliefs as facts – especially to children. But what about when they completely misconstrue already existing facts, misleading children (and their parents) into believing they’re coming from a reliable and researched source?

A reader of the blog Patheos found a children’s Christian book that does just that. On one page that explains spiders, she found numerous mistakes.

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From Patheos:

How does one page in the book contain so many mistakes…?

Spiders, by definition, have eight legs. Not just “most” of them. And there is a species of spider that has a mostly herbivorous diet. (Also, God didn’t make them, but I guess that’s the least of our worries here.) (Edit: Apparently, there are also more than 40,000 species of spiders, not 30,000. So there’s that.)

I figured all that out with a few seconds on Google.

How lazy were the author and editor? It’s one thing to say your beliefs are facts, but you shouldn’t get the actual facts wrong, too.

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  1. jeb

    July 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    FACTS are an anathema to religious fundamentalists and Republicans! Their greatest talent is lying to their brainwashed flocks who blindly follow them. What a pity that children are targets of these people to brainwash them early on to make them subservient for life not only in their beliefs but to GIVE GIVE GIVE to the church.

  2. moveforchangebkculturejam

    July 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Per futurist James Howard Kunstler, the US should change its motto from “in God we Trust” to ‘it’s the thought that counts’. The book here gets virtually everything wrong except the message that God created spiders. That’s a not-so-subtle message that faith trumps fact.

  3. timrprobocom

    July 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I want to laugh at this book as much as the you do, but you have failed miserably at making fun of it. With the exception of the God assertion (which you can neither prove nor disprove), the page you show here is completely correct, to 1 decimal place. 40,000 is “about 30,000”. Some spiders do NOT have “eight legs and eight eyes”. And in an age-appropriate book, there’s no way you would point out ONE exception to the “carnivorous” rule>

    If the book really is full of “numerous mistakes”, then show us a good example. This page is not a good example. You can do better than this.

  4. xenubarb

    July 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    While all spiders have eight legs, SOME spiders have six eyes. Like the brown recluse. So it is a confusing statement but I can see how that combining of leg and eye numbers leads to that confusion.

  5. xenubarb

    July 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Also, there is a jumping spider that is a vegetarian.

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