Some parents believe that the Bible requires them to physically punish their children. However, many
Christian leaders, clergy and theologians do not interpret the Scriptures this way. The articles below
explore this issue.
Books on Religion and Spanking
We often hear sayings that we think come from the Bible, such as "cleanliness is next to godliness.”
Actually, that phrase is from a sermon given by John Wesley in 1778. Many people think that "spare the rod, spoil the child” is in the Bible. In fact, it’s from a poem written by Samuel Butler in the 17th century. This book explores the true origins of many popular sayings that we think come from the Bible, but actually have very different sources.
There are Old Testament passages that have been interpreted as calling for physical punishment of children, as well as slaves and others. Dr. William Webb, a theologian, examines these passages in
depth to put them into historical context and help us understand how they apply today.