Children and Childhood in American Religions (The Rutgers by Don S. Browning, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore

By Don S. Browning, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore

Non secular traditions play a valuable function within the lives of many American little ones. during this number of essays, best students show for the 1st time how a number of religions interpret, reconstruct, and mediate their traditions to assist advisor little ones and their mom and dad in navigating the possibilities and demanding situations of yank lifestyles. The publication examines ten religions, between different subject matters. in basic terms by means of discussing the original demanding situations confronted via all religions, and their fans, will we take step one towards a better knowing for we all.

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Renewed appreciation of Native American religion in recent years reveals how it both sustained distinct elements that predate Christianity and incorporated the latter. We start the book instead with what has been called mainline Protestantism not because it is the most important but because of its early and ongoing influence. Broadly speaking, it was the dominant religious influence on schools, legal institutions, and civil society from the seventeenth to early twentieth century. We then turn to Evangelical Protestantism, which emerged as a distinct voice toward the end of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth century, gaining its present cultural influence mainly in the past fifty years.

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As Channing later wrote in his memoirs, the incident was a watershed in his spiritual life; he would be forever after wary of religious emotionalism and of cynical adults. ”1 Channing’s story has all the elements quickly associated with the experience of children growing up in liberal churches: dutiful attendance in Sunday service, early faith slowly undercut by a cheerfully agnostic parent, and then a moment of dawning cynicism. The prevailing picture of this tradition is that it simply cannot—or will not—transform its youngest members into churchgoing adults.

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