I was reading CBN News, the website, when I saw the ad for Superbook with all of it’s colorful characters and imagery. I clicked on over and found a very well-designed site for kids to play games on–and learn about God. Such as Professor Quantum’s Q&A Contraption with a robot named Gizmo. The good professor answers all kinds of metaphysical questions. Isn’t it interesting that Christians dress the gospel up in science and technology? This way kids will associate science with God and the Bible and not the secular checks and balances of the true scientific method that has no need for gods.
By the way, Professor Quantum says God lives in Heaven but fails to scientifically explain how God is everywhere? What a lousy professor. Almost as bad as my science teacher in highschool who was also the gym teacher and football coach and obviously didn’t give a hoot about teaching science. He hated us geeks (of course, I must place blame on a guy named Jay Jentzch who was rather annoying in class).
You will also notice the dressing up of mythological characters such as Michael the Archangel looking like a superhero in a latex suit. You can throw in Satan in a super villain costume and the Eden serpent with hands (because God cursed him to crawl on his belly). I have to hand it to Christians for making something old look new–God doesn’t change, Christians change him to fit modern times (that’s sarcasm, btw, lest I be quoted that God exists).
In addition to the games and contests there is Superbook Radio with contemporary Christian music so little kids can bop to God’s message, a flash animated altar call of sorts with the gospel message exhorting kids to accept Christ, and a prayer line that doesn’t say, “Kids, get your parents permission first before calling.” There go the rollover minutes.
This is an amazing propaganda site! And yes, it has Christian Broadcasting News under the copyright who obviously has the funds to hire multiple artists and programmers to make a shiny, slicktackular games site. It’s always interesting that the gospel doesn’t stand on its own and Christians have to use gimmicks to get their Bible messages through to their kids. That’s because generally speaking, the Bible is kind of a snore the way it was written and kids will unfortunately learn it in the gimmicky manner instead of getting the word directly from The Word. Which is why a lot of Christians don’t know how violent and sexually depraved their holy book is.
When you go looking for secular kids sites or humanist kids sites they’re hard to find and not of the same professional quality that Superbook is. Even Discovery Channel’s games site for kids is kind of weak. There is Shermer’s Junior Skeptic but it is more of a plug for the magazine with no interaction. Secular humanists are so underfunded–how is it that Christian viewpoints are persecuted? If you know of a good kid’s site for secular humanism or science, please post the link in comments and give it a plug. As long as it is valid, I’ll approve it.
SIDENOTE: Look at the character design for The Superbook–it has an eyeball in it. Apparently this is the Bible? It reminds me of the Necronomicon book from the movie Evil Dead or some other occult book from a fantasy film. I’m really surprised to see the design approved for CBN.