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has a universalist worldview, not Christian
on March 7, 2010
The drawings in this book are beautiful and I certainly agree with the message that we should all get along, forgive one another and treat others equally. That is a WONDERFUL message and if this is the only message you want to send to your child, then the book would be appropriate.
For Christian parents, however, I think it's important to note that there is also an underlying theme - which we see a lot today - in the book that basically it doesn't matter what you believe, we're all worshiping the same God.
On one page, for example, the text reads:
"Even if we speak different languages
or have different ways of talking to God."
The accompanying illustration shows a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindi, etc.
In the Bible, Jesus says "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
I am NOT trying to start a debate here about right or wrong, what you believe, or in any way attack the author. He seems like a very nice man. And again, I do like many parts of the book, but as far as being called a "Christian" book, I would completely disagree. I thought other parents might want to know that the book actually takes a more Universalist approach rather than a Christian approach.