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  1. Hannah Hinson Ussery
    August 29, 2015

    Amen!!!!!

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  2. Heather Erickson
    August 29, 2015

    This is an excellent post. As a Lutheran, I’ve been studying lately Luther’s Large Catechism and have concluded that circumcision goes against the 1st and 7th commandments according to Luther’s locktight definitions. Also *possibly* the 5th, 9th, & 10th.

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  3. Thor
    August 29, 2015

    Very well put, this article is quite literally a godsend for Christian parents considering circumcision, I always try to tell them that Jesus was the last blood sacrifice so there’s no need for our sons to bleed anymore.

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  4. Hannah
    August 29, 2015

    This is a great article, and I have heard this theology my whole life in the Christian Reformed Church and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
    I would say that most families within the Reformed churches who allow circumcision know it has no spiritual value for us today, and do it out of not knowing much about it (either a true ignorance, or sometimes choosing ignorance because that is easier).
    Many buy into the claims of health benefits (browse around at littleimages.org for great info of why, even in a world where our bodies experience sickness as a result of the fall, God’s overall design is still good and it doesn’t benefit our children to cut part off to try prevent problems).
    Another common line I’ve heard is “Well, I know it’s not commanded now, but if God commanded it in the Old Testament, how harmful can it really be?”. Again, browse around at littleimages.org to learn more about how today’s cutting is a *human* invention, more severe and damaging than what was ever commanded by God. The degree of harm varies by person (relatively few babies bleed to death or have dramatic complications; “minor” complications are pretty common), but modern circumcision always causes significant pain and loss of of a healthy body part.

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  5. Nursingdude
    November 1, 2015

    Rather than a Reformed response, it seems more like an uninformed response. No Christian says it is necessary for salvation or would do it for theological reasons, but to ignore the medical benefits and impose one’s opinion on others is to be close-minded to medical science and engage in reverse-legalism.

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    • littleimages
      November 1, 2015

      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you wouldn’t circumcise for theological reasons! We often encounter Christians who think there is some spiritual reason to have it done. Or worse, to do it to their children.

      In addition to Christians throughout history, the world of medicine speaks with a nearly unanimous voice: modern circumcision is harmful. The USA is the exception.

      So why would an American doctor give a different recommendation than a Japanese, Finnish, or French doctor? (Or British, Australian, Canadian, German, Spanish, Brazilian, Chinese, Italian, Swiss…) The world’s doctors have access to all the same studies, but they all conclude circumcision is harmful. The reason for the USA’s dissension is explained here by dozens of European doctors and leading pediatricians: cultural bias. This article is from the American Academy of Pediatric’s official journal, Pediatrics.

      In short, the CDC and AAP task forces included no intact men. They do not understand or reference any of the multiple functions of the foreskin, functions designed by God. And by the way, boys’ infections in the USA are caused by well-meaning but ignorant caregivers. Forced, premature pulling back of the foreskin (which is still attached in infants and many children) should never be done and can cause infection. The AAP recognizes this, but retraction is still sadly common here – and so we cause infections that boys in other countries do not have to deal with.

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  6. Josie
    January 11, 2016

    You mentioned that South Korean Presbyterians circumcise their baby boys, which actually is untrue. In Korea they do not circumcise infant boys, no hospital (even the best ones, like Samsung hospital in Gangnam, who is well known for accepting certain procedures that aren’t done in Korea but is done in other countries- like allowing fathers to be present in the OR when the mother is having a c-section, a common practice in the US but isn’t allowed in Korea- but they will NOT perform circumcisions on newborns) do NOT circumcise infant boys. However, they do circumcise them at around 8, 9, 10 years old, or when the boy can naturally retract his foreskin. So in some ways it’s not as barbaric since in the US they forcibly retract the foreskin, ripping it off the glan. I just wanted to let you know this tidbit, since I think it’s an important difference between how they perform circumcision on boys in the states vs south Korea

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    • littleimages
      January 11, 2016

      Hey! We do know this but worded that sentence incorrectly. Thanks for pointing it out! I’ll edit it ASAP.

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  7. Anonymous
    June 6, 2018

    Yup, always baffled me that Christians would claim they need to do it after I learned the truth. I feel like the Bible, the New Testament, is pretty clear, but denial and conformity are fierce foes. The typical modern practice is quite different now, worse, and it’s fascinated me that genital mutilation/circumcision/this holy marking has been practiced outside of and before the Abrahamic covenant…

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  8. Anonymous
    June 6, 2018

    I noticed something recently, in Acts 21:21, that apparently not only had Paul been telling people they didn’t have to circumcise their sons, he had in fact been teaching them NOT to. As in, it’s completely forbidden, straight from Paul’s mouth. It’s not even an option. (As if Galatians 5:3 wasn’t clear enough on that.)

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