By Don S. Browning, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Non secular traditions play a relevant position within the lives of many American young children. during this number of essays, best students show for the 1st time how quite a few religions interpret, reconstruct, and mediate their traditions to assist advisor teenagers and their mom and dad in navigating the possibilities and demanding situations of yankee existence. The publication examines ten religions, between different issues. merely by means of discussing the original demanding situations confronted via all religions, and their fans, do we take step one towards a better realizing for we all.
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Bushnell’s assertion that children could come to faith without psychological trauma assumed that they were morally pliable and, in the proper circumstances, thoroughly amenable to the good. Following in Bushnell’s path, many liberal Protestant thinkers argued that each child was endowed with an authentic religious sensibility commensurate with age and understanding. The advent of “scientiﬁc child rearing” in the early twentieth century would aﬃrm this fundamentally optimistic view of children, even as it added a layer of mystery to the task of Christian parenting.
Indeed, the daily rituals of family life—everything from mealtime prayers to the kinds of foods served and clothing worn—could have a long-term salviﬁc eﬀect. Parents should take care not to “disturb the simplicity of nature” through excess proselytizing, Bushnell warned. But at the same time, they could gently and consistently make Christian faith the child’s logical option. ”19 Christian Nurture was a relatively small part of Bushnell’s theological work, which justly earned him recognition as one of the nation’s leading liberal voices.
For history, see Karin Calvert, Children in the House: The Material Culture of Early Childhood, 1600–1900 (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1992); Hugh Cunningham, Children and Childhood in Western Society since 1500 (New York: Langman, 1995); Colin Heywood, A History of Childhood: Children and Childhood in the West from Medieval to Modern Times (Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2001); Steven Mintz, Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 200). In art theory: Anne Higonnet, Pictures of Innocence: The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1998).
Children and Childhood in American Religions (The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies) by Don S. Browning, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore