By Their Reviews You Will Know Them

While browsing among the used books in a local bookstore, I discovered an early edition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In the back were pasted some of the reviews published in various religious periodicals. I quote here just a selection.

The Fundamentalist Journal: Without agreeing with everything the author writes, we feel the book has a message. Had Goldilocks remained separated, she would not have endangered her life. Her going to sleep instead of fleeing is a warning to our youth who are constantly being lulled to sleep by intellectualism, neoevangelicalism, and other false teachings.

Bibliotheca Sacra: An exciting tale built around the number three (i.e., three bears, three chairs, three bowls of soup, three beds). The bears are a definite allusion to Daniel 7 and Revelation 13. The presence of lukewarm soup indicates that the events take place during the Laodicean age. The fact that the author has Goldilocks escape danger indicates his or her belief in the pretribulation rapture of the church. We suggest that in the next edition the author include a chart of the forest and the floor plan of the house.

Sojourners: This apparently innocent story is obviously a cover-up for an insidious “tract for the times” that promotes disrespect for other people’s property. How a well-to-do girl could take food away from poor creatures, and then (feeling no guilt whatsoever) go to sleep, is beyond us. Such is the social conscience of the church today!

Moody Monthly: A clever presentation of hospitality, good manners, and family oneness, depicted by three lovable bears. We have arranged for Dr. John MacArthur to bring out an annotated version as well as a series of seven films. Puppets will also be ...

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