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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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