Children, Adolescents and Spirituality

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Childhood is a contested notion. Recent debates present us with a plethora of questions and concerns about how children fare in affluent socities. Are they loosing their innocence too early' Are they propelled too quickly into the role of the customer' How can we protect them from a predatorial corporate world' Are we too protective' Too risk adverse in how we bring them up' In the midst of affluence and consumerism, are children over-indulged' Are they idolised' Such questions have elicited a rnage of responses ...

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Overview

Childhood is a contested notion. Recent debates present us with a plethora of questions and concerns about how children fare in affluent socities. Are they loosing their innocence too early' Are they propelled too quickly into the role of the customer' How can we protect them from a predatorial corporate world' Are we too protective' Too risk adverse in how we bring them up' In the midst of affluence and consumerism, are children over-indulged' Are they idolised' Such questions have elicited a rnage of responses from writers in this collection- theologians, researcher, teacher, principals and pyschologists.

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Winifred Wing Han Lamb teaches Philosophy and English at a senior secondary college in the ACT and is a Visiting Fellow in Philosophy at the Australian National University. She recently completed a Ph.D. in contemporary Christian apologetics at the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University.

MARIAN DE SOUZA is senior lecturer in the school of education at Australian Catholic University.

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Table of Contents

Editorial Marian de Souza Winifred Wing Han Lamb 5

1 Spirituality and the Child Anthony J Kelly 12

2 Children, Church and the Problem of Boredom Joyce A Mercer 23

3 Media Narratives as a Context for Spiritual Development C Glenn Cupit 41

4 Speaking of Evil: The Struggle to Speak No Evil When Teaching about It Jerome W Berryman 57

5 To Such is Given the Kingdom of God: Reflections on the Childhood Religious Experiences of Saints and Mystics Anne Hunt 68

6 An Understanding of Children's Spirituality as a Movement towards a Collective Self Brendan Hyde 83

7 Spirituality in Education: Addressing the Inner and Outer Lives of Students to Promote Meaning and Connectedness in Learning Marian de Souza 98

Contributors 119

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