The story of Elisha and the bears is one of the more disturbing ones in the Bible. It’s the one where kids make fun of Elisha, a bald-headed man… and then two bears come down and maul to death all 42 children.
Lovely, isn’t it?
Jonny Scaramanga, whose reporting on the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum has been eye-opening for me, explains that one of ACE’s workbooks designed for 11-year-olds features this story as a moral tale.
Because mean little kids deserve to die.
Scaramanga explains on his new Patheos blog: