The Child in Christian Thought

Book, 2001, 513 pp
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A collection of 17 essays that "fills an enormous gap in contemporary family studies: the study of Christian theological approaches to children and the responsibilities of families and society toward them. These essays demonstrate not only that childhood has been a deep and abiding concern in Christian theology in the past - for example, in Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher, Edwards, the Jesuits, and the Pietists - but also, that a new theology of children is possible, one that combines systematic theology, ethics, history, and pastoral studies in a rich conversation about the nature and meaning of childhood and the obligations toward children in families, church, and society.

The essays here challenge a flat association of Christianity with children's original sin; critique a contemporary culture of child devaluation, commodification and neglect; probe the responsibilities of parenting as a serious calling and spiritual discipline; and examine the inter-connecting responsibilities toward children of families, churches, the market and the state." From the Foreward by Don Browning and John Wall

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