Washing away, washing up

I saw my wife, Judy, cringe the first time she read the children's book Noah's Ark to our son, Nathanael. "A long time ago there lived a man called Noah. Noah was a good man, who trusted in God. There were also many wicked people in the world. God wanted to punish the wicked people, so he said to Noah, 'I shall make a flood of water and wash all the wicked people away.'" On the slight grimace which appeared on her face as she read about "washing people away" was written: "How destructive and cruel of God! How inappropriate to expose an infant to such violence!"

 

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