Resources for Christian Families

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One of the most monumental decisions you will make on your son's behalf is whether he will remain intact and whole as he was created, or be circumcised after birth. There is much more in the New Testament on circumcision (and the lack of it by early followers of Jesus) than Christians often believe there to be. When making the decision for our son, my husband and I investigated this topic heavily - as both our faith and our new role as a protective mother and father are very important to us. The more we learned, the more we found out just how much is not taught on Sunday mornings upon the topic of Christian faith and circumcision. Below are resources that may be especially helpful for Christian parents when making this dramatic, impacting, and lifelong decision for their little one.

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This is the statement and story of a (circumcised) Christian father with 6 sons who turned to the Bible and medical literature when questioning whether or not to repeat the cutting upon the bodies of his own boys. He found there to be no medical, social, or Christian reason to cut, and they all remain intact. It may be a good story for other Christian parents.

Dr. Fleiss and Dr. Hodges: Circumcision and Christianity (from their book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcision)

Biblical Circumcision Information

Circumcision and the Christian Parent

Circumcision and Christianity: A Call to Christian Action

The Truth About Circumcision Within Christianity

Circumcision in Antiquity

My Biblical Journey to Intactivism

Christians and Infant Circumcision: Where Should I Stand?

What the Bible Really Says About Circumcision

Christians: Baptism, Not Circumcision

CIRP: Answers from the Bible

Whole Christian Network [Public page]

Whole Christian Network Group [Private group - Christians only please - not a religious debate group]

CUT: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision (Jewish commentary on the absence of circumcision among Christians throughout human history):  CUT Website

Video documenting various places in the Bible where circumcision is discussed.

Especially for Catholic Parents:

Fish Eaters (Catholicism and circumcision)

History of Circumcision (CIRP)

Circumcision: Then and Now (CIRP)

Especially for Latter Day Saints Parents:

Book of Mormon on Circumcision

Intact Mormon Network [Facebook Community Page]

Verses on the subject:

"For you created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know this full well." -Psalm 139:13-14

"But in fact, God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wants them to be." -1 Cor 12:18

"Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you be circumcised, Christ will be of no advantage to you." -Gal 5:2 

"And I testify again to every male who receives circumcision, that he is in debt to keep the whole Law. You who do so have been severed from have fallen from grace." -Gal 5:3

"For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, it makes no difference to God whether we are circumcised or not circumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love." -Gal 5:6

"But if I still proclaim circumcision...then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished." -Gal 5:11

"I wish that those who are pushing you to do so would mutilate themselves!" -Gal 5:12

"And even those who advocate circumcision don’t really keep the whole law. They only want you to be circumcised so they can brag about it and claim you as their disciples." -Gal 6:13

"For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision matters. Rather, what matters is being a new creation." -Gal 6:15

"For there are many who rebel against right teaching; they engage in useless talk and deceive people. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced. By their wrong teaching, they have already turned whole families away from the truth. Such teachers only want your money" -Titus 1:10-11

"Watch out for those wicked men – dangerous dogs, I call them – who say you must be circumcised. Beware of the evil doers. Beware of the mutilation. For it isn’t the cutting of our bodies that makes us children of God; it is worshiping him with our spirits." -Phil 3:2-3

"But each of you should remain in the place in life that the Lord has given you. Stay as you were when God chose you. Was a man already circumcised [Old Covenant] when God chose him? Then he should not become uncircumcised. Was he uncircumcised [New Covenant] when God chose him? Then he should not be circumcised. Being circumcised means nothing. Being uncircumcised means nothing. Doing what God commands is what counts." -1 Cor. 7:17-19

"Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching, saying, 'Moses commanded you to be circumcised. If you aren't, you can't be saved.' But Paul and Barnabas didn't agree with this, argued strongly with them, and were appointed to go up to Jerusalem with other believers chosen to go with them. The apostles and elders met together to consider this question. [...] Peter got up and spoke to them, 'Brothers, you know that some time ago God chose me to take the good news to unbelievers. He wanted them to hear the good news and believe. God knows the human heart. [...] Now then, why are you trying to test God? You test him when you put a heavy load on the believers' shoulders [regarding circumcision]. Our people of long ago couldn't carry that load. We can't either." -Acts 15:1-2, 6-10

"Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly." -1 Tim 4:7

 Above informational cards available at Saving Our Sons or the Whole Christian Network

Related Georgetown University Lecture: 

Resources (books, websites, and articles) on the prepuce organ (foreskin), intact care and circumcision are cataloged at: Should I Circumcise? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcision

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Our son, kept intact and whole as God created him,
gazes upon that same cross at 7 months old

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Should I Circumcise? The pros and cons of infant circumcision.