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Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen – Child Theologians? By Haddon Willmer

Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen’s God’s Search for Man (English translation, 1935) is a collection of sermons. The two men were very close and it is fair to assume they went along with each other’s sermons, especially those which were published together. This collection  includes one, by Thurneysen,  called ‘The New Beginning’, on the text of Matthew 18.1-9. It is a piece of child theology.

The sermon begins:

Jesus places children before us.  He uses them as a parable in order to say something decisive to us. Children are people who still stand at the beginning of life…..For them… everything is filled with possibility and promise; life is an open book filled with unwritten pages….

For us (grown-ups) it is too late for almost everything.  We do not have an undeveloped life before

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Entry Point

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ENTRY POINT:
A fascinating evening with the book’s two authors
15 MAY 2014

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Re-Imagining the Seminary: International Conference on Theological Education Leadership 11–14 September 2013 Bucharest, Romania. View report

Child Theology in Africa: Exploring current themes and issues 11-15 November 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(This event has taken place)

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Click here to view the Church Times Article – 30th May 2014

Book Review – Amazon- By Helen Reid5.0 out of 5 stars

Child Theology isn’t only for Children, 15 May 2014

I have enjoyed reading and discussing Entry Point. Towards Child Theology with Matthew 18 by Haddon Willmer and Keith J White. Some people might read the title of the book, think ‘I don’t really relate to children in my life’ and therefore decide not to read it. They are missing out. It is not a child-friendly theology of the ‘child in our midst’. Rather it is a theology of the child placed by Jesus in the midst of disciples seeking the kingdom of

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Child Theology and the African Context

Chris Jones reviewed this CTM booklet for Kerkbode – the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa’s newspaper.

Child Theology for Africa. Child Theology and the African Context by Jan Grobbelaar

This book is brave, gripping and enlightening. Jan Grobbelaar describes the reality of the context the African children are living in. The unique insights of this book should be heard beyond the borders of Africa.

This book can be meaningful and contribute to the wellness of believing communities, but only if we notice the children around us, listen to them and recognise that they are God’s agents of love, grace and power in this world.

This book consist of 5 parts. This first part the writer tells of his methodology of his theology. In his methodology he uses the children of Africa

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The Contribution of Child Theology to the HCD Course and Beyond

The Contribution of Child Theology to the HCD Course and Beyond

by Keith J. White

My intention is to describe what Child Theology is and what it offers to the whole of the HCD course and to participating seminaries. It represents a unifying framework and foundation for HCD with contributions and challenges to each module. It also welcomes the contributions and challenges from the real life situations of students and the rest of the course: the “wisdom of experience”.

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The Child in the Bible: Chapter 16

The Child in the Bible: Chapter 16 

by Keith J. White

Mr White explores the Gospel of Matthew in light of the child that Jesus placed in their midst. [TCITB p. 355] He finds “. . . some of the most significant child-related actions and teachings of Jesus” in Matthew 18:1-14 . Jesus talks about greatness in His kingdom, child-likeness, welcoming children, God not wanting any to be lost. The author says, “. . . Jesus freely and deliberately chooses a little child as a way of challenging and illuminating the disciples’ theological “discussion” or “argument” about the kingdom [TCITB p. 353] Given all the other possible types of people Jesus could have chosen to place in their midst as examples, the author sees children as, among other things, a source of

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Insights into Child Theology through the Life and Work of Pandita Ramabai

Insights into Child Theology through the Life and Work of Pandita Ramabai

by Keith J. White

This paper links two subjects, the life and work of Pandita Ramabai, and Child Theology, with which not everyone is familiar, and so it contains a brief summary of the key elements of each. Next issues arising from the emerging process of Child Theology are identified. These are considered in turn to see what insights the life and work of Ramabai provide for Child Theology. The paper concludes with some ideas about future developments. It begins with a prelude in which I describe how I came to be engaged in studying Ramabai, and with the development of Child Theology.

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Toddling to the Kingdom

Toddling to the Kingdom
by John Collier, Marcia Bunge, John Wall, Keith White, Haddon Willmer, Bill Prevette and others
(English)
ISBN: 987-0-9560993-0-3

The following from http://childfaith.net/theology :

Two New Books Related to Theology and Children

Reviewed by Don Ratcliff, Ph.D.

Collier, John (editor). Toddling to the kingdom: Child theology at work in the church. London: Child Theology Movement, 2009.

Richards, Anne, & Peter Privett (editors). Through the eyes of a child: New insights in theology from a child’s perspective. London: Church House Publishing, 2009.

These two volumes are filled with theology, each is written by a variety of talented scholars, relate to children, and they are both from the U.K. That is where the resemblance ends. Each of these important contributions to the study of theology and children is worth the time to read

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