Curious George: Dangerous for
By Clint Bishard
Jesus Created Ministries
For more than 60 years, the Curious
George children’s book series has entertained America’s children. This
seemingly innocent story of a curious monkey whose curiosity occasionally gets
him into trouble would seem acceptable material for any age. Even the Family
Movie Guide had the recent Curious George movie down as “Go see”. Therefore,
my wife and I recently took two of our children to enjoy what should have been
a family friendly movie.
I will admit that the Curious
George movie was entertaining not only for our children, but also for us.
However, what was disappointing was the clearly evolutionary messages
throughout the movie. The movie reinforced the view that man and lower life
forms shared common ancestors multiple times, including the reference to Australopithecus (which some evolutionists claim to
be a link between man and ape), life in the past being a constant struggle in
the development of man, the references to cave men Og and Grog, the Neanderthal
and Cro-Magnon man joke, and the common ancestor comment for different
animals. Additionally, several other references such as the exclamation
“Mother Science” did not set well either. It is clear this movie had more of
an agenda than just showing a curious monkey getting into trouble.
I wish I could say that the
evolutionary overtones of the Curious George movie were a recent Hollywood revision of the originals. However, after a little investigation, I found this
was not the case. Hans Rey, the Jewish creator of the Curious George
children’s storybook, had studied philosophy and the natural sciences in Germany. He was brought up in the environment of WWI and pre-WWII Europe. By WWII, most
of Europe had given itself to evolutionary teaching and was suffering the
consequences of this worldview (evolutionary thinking was a basis of the
socialist and communist political systems and a motivation for Hitler’s
policies). Hans Rey was a product of this environment and this worldview can
be seen in his children’s books. For example, “Curious George and the
Dinosaur” clearly teaches children that the earth is millions of years old and
gives a prehistoric view for dinosaurs. Additionally, Christ is removed from
Christmas in the book “Curious George Learns the Alphabet” by stating that the
word for X is Xmas and “Santa stands for Xmas”. It is ironic that America, which had mostly resisted evolutionary teaching in Han’s day with the majority
professing Christ, became the haven for Hans Rey and his wife Margret as they
escaped Hitler’s grasp just shortly before WWII.
Although these issues in the Curious George
movie and books may seem insignificant to most, Christians should be more
discerning and realize that the worldview we shape for our children will have a
significant impact for the rest of their lives. A worldview that includes
millions of years and death before sin (destroying the Biblical view of
origins), and removes Christ from Christmas is a worldview that is proving very
destructive as seen in our current culture. Our culture is in desperate need
of being taught the proper worldview starting in the book of Genesis. They
need to know that God originally created a perfect world and that death/disease/suffering/etc.
was the result of Adam’s sin (see Gen 1-3 & Rom 5:12). Biblically, death should
be viewed is an enemy and can only be overcome by a personal faith in the
finished work of Jesus Christ.