I’m excited to have written a guest post for Cindy Wang Brandt’s site Unfundamentalist Parenting.
Here is an excerpt:
John Piper advocates spanking as a “clean” and easy solution to misbehavior. Conversely, he sees timeouts with the purpose of reflection and learning from negative behaviors as a “wicked way to punish a child.” In his mind, spanking is “relieving” to a child because “he has done atonement.” He even holds that, according to Matthew 5, Jesus himself would have spanked children because he kept all the Old Testament Law. Piper of course cites the book of Proverbs (?!) as containing “Law” which prescribes corporal punishment.
If you’d like to read the rest of the post, you can find it here.