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The Child in Christian Thought : Religion, Marriage, and Family - Marcia Bunge

The Child in Christian Thought

Religion, Marriage, and Family

Paperback Published: November 2000
ISBN: 9780802846938
Number Of Pages: 527

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This volume offers the first major survey of the history of Christian thought on children. Each chapter, written by an expert in the field, discusses the particular perspectives on children held by influential theologians and Christian movements throughout church history, asking what resources they can contribute to a sound contemporary view of childhood and child-rearing. Intended for all readers, this needed book will be a valuable resource for laying the foundation for a new, more meaningful Christian view of childhood today.

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Academy of Parish Clergy, Top Ten Books of the Year (2001)

Michael Welker
"A seminal book on the history of Christian thinking on the child."

Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen
"A well-researched and accessible volume that will be useful not only to those in religious studies but also to Christians in the social sciences, social history, and social welfare professions This is a book that manages both to respect various theological traditions about childhood and to build on them in a positive way."

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Bunge's book is more than a compendium of Christian views on children and childhood, for its masterfully written essays actually represent a survey of the diverse views of human nature that are held in Christendom."

Publishers Weekly (Religion Notes)
"A perceptive set of essays. . . Editor Marcia Bunge has selected essays that focus less on raising Christian children than on what it has meant, throughout history, to be a Christian child. From the New Testament's emphasis on children as models for faith to writings by 20th-century theologians Karl Barth and Karl Rahner, the various essays critically explore past and present understandings of childhood. . . Catherine Brekus contributes a memorable piece on Jonathan Edwards, whose 'particularly severe' emphasis on infant damnation and childhood depravity has been neglected by scholars."

Dorothy C. Bass
"This pathbreaking book provides a superb account of Christian theologians' and leaders' views of children across the centuries. The authors combine urgent concern for the well-being of children with impressive knowledge of a wide range of thinkers and historical periods. The Child in Christian Thought will both awaken theologians to a heretofore neglected topic and provide those who care for children with a wealth of insights, images, warnings, and resources. I am grateful to have a book of historical theology of such great relevance, passion, and excellence--and especially to have it on this most important of topics."

Series Forewordp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
The Least and the Greatest: Children in the New Testamentp. 29
The Ecclesial Family: John Chrysostom on Parenthood and Childrenp. 61
"Where or When Was Your Servant Innocent?": Augustine on Childhoodp. 78
A Person in the Making: Thomas Aquinas on Children and Childhoodp. 103
The Child in Luther's Theology: "For What Purpose Do We Older Folks Exist, Other Than to Care for ... the Young?"p. 134
"The Heritage of the Lord": Children in the Theology of John Calvinp. 160
Complex Innocence, Obligatory Nurturance, and Parental Vigilance: "The Child" in the Work of Menno Simonsp. 194
"Wonderful Affection": Seventeenth-Century Missionaries to New France on Children and Childhoodp. 227
Education and the Child in Eighteenth-Century German Pietism: Perspectives from the Work of A. H. Franckep. 247
John Wesley and Childrenp. 279
Children of Wrath, Children of Grace: Jonathan Edwards and the Puritan Culture of Child Rearingp. 300
"Be Converted and Become as Little Children": Friedrich Schleiermacher on the Religious Significance of Childhoodp. 329
Horace Bushnell's Christian Nurturep. 350
African American Children, "The Hope of the Race": Mary Church Terrell, the Social Gospel, and the Work of the Black Women's Club Movementp. 365
Reading Karl Barth on Childrenp. 386
"Infinite Openness to the Infinite": Karl Rahner's Contribution to Modern Catholic Thought on the Childp. 406
"Let the Children Come" Revisited: Contemporary Feminist Theologians on Childrenp. 446
Select Bibliographyp. 474
Contributorsp. 498
Subjectsp. 500
Namesp. 506
Scripture Referencesp. 511
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ISBN: 9780802846938
ISBN-10: 0802846939
Series: Religion, Marriage, and Family
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 527
Published: November 2000
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75

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