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Saturday Selections – June 1, 2019

Six ways not to read the Bible (4 min)

Dr. Dane Ortlund shares 6 ways that we do, but shouldn’t, read the Bible.

When GMO children have children

In crafting genetically modified children, are we thinking of the lasting repercussions of this human experimentation?

What makes people have babies? The link between cultural values and fertility rates (10 min read)

Women need to average 2.1 babies each to maintain a stable population, one to replace her, one to replace her husband, and that .1 to address the sad reality that not all children survive to adulthood. But in the US last year the average total fertility rate dropped to just 1.728 babies per woman.

Why so low? Some were blaming the economy in years past, but it has improved now. The doom and gloom message of the environmentalists, that portray children as a curse on the planet rather than as the blessing God says they are (Ps. 127:3-5, Prov. 17:6, Ps. 113:9, etc.), might be part of it. This article provides additional reasons.

The foundation of the abortion debate

“There is no way to guarantee, as some pro-life people seem to want us to do, a world safe for the unborn child that is also a world of total sexual and economic autonomy. In any world in which autonomy is the highest ideal, the child — that incarnate sign of our dependence and existential poverty — must go.”

A parent’s guide to failure (9-page e-booklet)

We’ve all learned some lessons from failure, so are we as parents hurting our children when we shelter them from failure?

Monopoly is not a realistic game (3 min)

It might be one of the most popular games in the world, but Monopoly perpetuates a faulty understanding of economics: the fixed pie fallacy. This fallacy says there is only so much wealth to go around (a fixed pie)  so the rich can only increase their wealth at other people’s expense. But as this video explains, it’s not true – the pie can grow!

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