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The Child in Christian Thought

The Child in Christian Thought
by Marcia Bunge
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0802846939 ISBN-13: 978-0802846938
Paperback: 513 pages
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (15 Jan 2001)

A survey of Christian writings about children covers 2,000 years of history and literature and features a wide variety of theologians commenting on the subject.

Recommended by: John Collier

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Children and the Theologians: Clearing the Way for Grace

Children and the Theologians: Clearing the Way for Grace 
by Jerome W. Berryman 
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0819223476 ISBN-13: 978-0819223470
Hardback: 276 pages
Publisher: Morehouse Publishing; 1 Jan 2010

As it happened I found myself reading Jerome Berryman’s Children and the Theologians at the same time as I was delving into Diarmaid MacCulloch’s extensive book, A History of Christianity (Penguin, 2009). The chief insight apparent from this unintended juxtaposition was that in mainstream Christianity, children and childhood, as seen by one of its keenest contemporary historians, were marginal to the point of invisibility. So Berryman’s book has a contribution to make to the story in which “something has been missed during the last 2,000 years”. (18)

The aim of his book is to describe the church’s past views of children in order to see

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List of Recommended Books

General, Introductory, What is the Child

Bonnie Miller: Let the Children Come: Reimagining Childhood from a Christian Perspective (Families and Faith Series)

Martin Marty: The Mystery of the Child (Religion, Marriage, and Family)


History of Child in Christianity

Marcia Bunge: The Child in Christian Thought and Practice (Religion, Marriage, and Family)

Jerome Berryman: Children and the Theologians: Clearing the Way for Grace

David Sims: The Child in American Evangelicalism and the Problem of Affluence: A Theological Anthropology of the Affluent American-Evangelical Child in Late Moder


David Jarman et al: Childhood’s Pattern: Christian Childhoods Explored

O.M. Bakke: When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity

Rowan Williams: Lost Icons


History of Childhood and Child

Cunningham: The Invention of Childhood

Aries: Centuries Of Childhood

Jenks: Sociology of Childhood: Essential Readings



Marcia Bunge (ed): The Child in the Bible

Hans-Ruedi Weber: Read More