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The child in Christian thought
Bunge, Marcia J. (Marcia JoAnn), 1954-
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiv, 513 pages ; 24 cm
The least and the greatest: children in the New Testament / Judith M. Gundry-Volf -- The ecclesial family: John Chrysostom on parenthood and children / Vigen Guroian -- "Where or when was your servant innocent?": Augustine on childhood / Martha Ellen Stortz -- A person in the making: Thomas Aquinas on children and childhood / Cristina L.H. Traina -- The child in Luther's theology: "For what purpose do we older folks exist, other than to care for...the young?" / Jane E. Strohl -- "The heritage of the Lord": children in the theology of John Calvin / Barbara Pitkin -- Complex innocence, obligatory nurturance, and parental vigilance": "the child" in the work of Menno Simons / Keith Graber Miller -- "Wonderful affection": seventeenth-century missionaries to New France on children and childhood / Clarissa W. Atkinson -- Education and the child in eighteenth-century German Pietism: perspectives from the work of A.H. Francke / Marcia J. Bunge -- John Wesley and children / Richard P. Heitzenrater -- Children of wrath, children of grace: Jonathan Edwards and the Puritan culture of child rearing / Catherine A. Brekus -- "Be converted and become as little children": Friedrich Schleiermacher on the religious significance of childhood / Dawn DeVries -- Horace Bushnell's Christian nurture / Margaret Bendroth -- African American children, "The hope of the race": Mary Church Terrell, the social gospel, and the work of the Black women's club movement / Marcia Y. Riggs -- Reading Karl Barth on children / William Werpehowski -- "Infinite openness to the infinite": Karl Rahner's contribution to modern Catholic thought on the child / Mary Ann Hinsdale -- "Let the children come" revisited: contemporary feminist theologians on children / Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore.
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1430 Lexile.
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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.

Clarissa W. Atkinson
Margaret Bendroth
Catherine Brekus
Marcia J. Bunge
Dawn DeVries
Richard P. Heitzenrater
Mary Ann Hinsdale
Judith Gundry-Volf
Vigen Guroian
Keith Graber Miller
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Barbara Pitkin
Marcia Y. Riggs
Martha Ellen Stortz
Jane E. Strohl
Cristina L. H. Traina
William Werpehowski

Author Notes

Marcia J. Bunge is associate professor of theology and humanities at Christ College, Valparaiso University, Indiana

Table of Contents

Marcia J. BungeJudith M. Gundry-VolfVigen GuroianMartha Ellen StortzCristina L. H. TrainaJane E. StrohlBarbara PitkinKeith Graber MillerClarissa W. AtkinsonMarcia J. BungeRichard P. HeitzenraterCatherine A. BrekusDawn DeVriesMargaret BendrothMarcia Y. RiggsWilliam WerpehowskiMary Ann HinsdaleBonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Series Forewordp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
1. The Least and the Greatest: Children in the New Testamentp. 29
2. The Ecclesial Family: John Chrysostom on Parenthood and Childrenp. 61
3. "Where or When Was Your Servant Innocent?": Augustine on Childhoodp. 78
4. A Person in the Making: Thomas Aquinas on Children and Childhoodp. 103
5. The Child in Luther's Theology: "For What Purpose Do We Older Folks Exist, Other Than to Care for ... the Young?"p. 134
6. "The Heritage of the Lord": Children in the Theology of John Calvinp. 160
7. Complex Innocence, Obligatory Nurturance, and Parental Vigilance: "The Child" in the Work of Menno Simonsp. 194
8. "Wonderful Affection": Seventeenth-Century Missionaries to New France on Children and Childhoodp. 227
9. Education and the Child in Eighteenth-Century German Pietism: Perspectives from the Work of A. H. Franckep. 247
10. John Wesley and Childrenp. 279
11. Children of Wrath, Children of Grace: Jonathan Edwards and the Puritan Culture of Child Rearingp. 300
12. "Be Converted and Become as Little Children": Friedrich Schleiermacher on the Religious Significance of Childhoodp. 329
13. Horace Bushnell's Christian Nurturep. 350
14. 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
15. Reading Karl Barth on Childrenp. 386
16. "Infinite Openness to the Infinite": Karl Rahner's Contribution to Modern Catholic Thought on the Childp. 406
17. "Let the Children Come" Revisited: Contemporary Feminist Theologians on Childrenp. 446
Select Bibliographyp. 474
Contributorsp. 498
Subjectsp. 500
Namesp. 506
Scripture Referencesp. 511