thankfully phil vischer, creator of veggie tales, has taken the needs of my girls into consideration. he has a new project, released by tyndale this month, called "what's in the Bible?" the idea is that veggie tales worked to raise kids' interest in the Bible, but didn't really teach them about what is in the Bible. mr. vischer wanted to rectify this problem so he came up with the idea of a series of videos that would teach kids more in-depth information from the Bible.
i have been reading more and more about the lack of doctrine and theology being taught in our churches. i grew up having catechism as well as sunday school classes; now my girls don't have either. i think the what's in the Bible? series addresses a serious need for our kids today. i was absolutely amazed at the amount of information that was packed in (think sardines) to such a short amount of time. even more amazing was how much the girls were able to remember about what they had been taught when the video was done. i'm glad to have an option for the girls to learn about church history and doctrine that is fun and entertaining for them.
i did experience a few disappointments with the videos we watched. to be honest, i thought there was too much information packed into a short space of time. the first video didn't even seem to get to the content that was promised because there was so much background information to be gone through first. i'm not sure that the kids need to know everything that mr. vischer included; i myself experienced information overload, and i already knew a lot of that stuff from seminary days.
while a lot of comic relief is provided by the characters, i thought that everything was so fast-paced it contributed to feeling overwhelmed by the videos. one of the characters, a little boy riding in the car with his mom, is hilarious, but i found his attitude to his mom disappointingly disrespectful. i surely don't want my kids to talk to me that way or have that perspective of my abilities.
finally, i was disappointed that on some divisive theological issues, a strong position was taken, one that i personally disagree with. i thought the videos could have accomplished mr. vischer's objectives without taking such a strong stand on issues where there are good arguments to be made on both sides. namely, the videos were a little more fundamentalist and anti-reformed theology than i would have preferred them to be.
that being said, my kids thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos together. even tate, who is more at a veggie tales level, has asked to watch them again.
tyndale provided me with a review copy of the first two videos in the series free of charge. the opinions expressed here are purely my own, and i am in no other way compensated for this review.