Children and Childhood in World Religions: Primary Sources and Texts

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"While children figure prominently in religious traditions, few books have directly explored the complex relationships between children and religion. This is the first book to examine the theme of children in major religions of the world." Each of six chapters, edited by world-class scholars, focuses on one religious tradition and includes an introduction and a selection of primary texts ranging from legal to liturgical and from the ancient to the contemporary. Through both the scholarly introductions and the primary sources, this comprehensive volume addresses a range of topics, from the sanctity of birth to a child s relationship to evil, showing that issues regarding children are central to understanding world religions and raising significant questions about our own conceptions of children today.

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"All of the world's religious traditions speak about childhood and ch
coeditor of From the Margins of Hindu Marriage - Paul Courtright

"Children and Childhood in World Religions provides us with key primary sources from the great religious texts together with helpful scholarly introductions. The book offers an important supplement to the study of world religions on the topic of children and childhood—a dimension of human religious formation too often overlooked."

"All of the world's religious traditions speak about childhood and ch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813545172
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Series: Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

DON S. BROWNING was a professor emeritus at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Christian Ethics and Moral Psychologies and coeditor of American Religions and the Family: How Faith Traditions Cope with Modernization and Democracy. With Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Browning also edited Children and Childhood in American Religions.

MARCIA J. BUNGE is professor of theology and humanities at Valparaiso University and director of the Child in Religion and Ethics Project. She is the editor of The Child in Christian Thought and coeditor of The Child in the Bible.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction, by Marcia J. Bunge and Don S. Browning
Judaism, by Elisheva Baumgarten
Christianity, by Marcia J. Bunge and John Wall
Islam, by Avner Giladi
Hinduism, by Laurie L. Patton
Buddhism, by Alan Cole
Confucianism, by Yiqun Zhou
Notes on Contributors
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