The Myth of Adolescence: Raising Responsible Children in an Irresponsible Society with Cdrom

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You will either love this book, or you will hate it. There is no middle ground. Dr. David Alan Black shatters the most common theories which have shaped our nation and our world for over one hundred years. His premise is quite simple: Adolescence is a social theory and it is seriously flawed. Dr. Black says the concept of adolescence is relatively new, only about one hundred years old. Prior to that, a young person was considered to be an adult by the age of thirteen.

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You will either love this book, or you will hate it. There is no middle ground. Dr. David Alan Black shatters the most common theories which have shaped our nation and our world for over one hundred years. His premise is quite simple: Adolescence is a social theory and it is seriously flawed. Dr. Black says the concept of adolescence is relatively new, only about one hundred years old. Prior to that, a young person was considered to be an adult by the age of thirteen.

Further, Dr. Black says that the Bible has nothing to say about adolescence. That's because adolescence is foreign to the Bible. The Bible only speaks about responsibility, Dr. Black says. When you take responsibility away from a young person and put that young person into a "twilight zone" between childhood and adulthood, grave consequences will result. The biblical pattern, Dr. Black says, is for responsibility to begin at the age of thirteen, or earlier (at the age of twelve) if the young person can handle it.

This compact volume opens the door to all sorts of discussions. At what age should a young person be employed? At what age should a young person marry? Should a young couple marry at thirteen or fourteen and live with one set of in-laws until the couple can move out on their own? And what if a young person commits a serious crime at the age of fourteen or fifteen? Should he or she face adult penalties for adult crimes, even the death penalty?

The Myth of Adolescence is just a beginning, a starting place of what will be a new frontier for many people. But in reality, it's an old frontier, tried and proven over many centuries. It merely awaits discovery anew within these pages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891833519
  • Publisher: Davidson Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface iii
Introduction v
Part 1 Understanding Human Growth
Chapter 1 God's Pattern for Human Growth 1
Jesus, Our Model and Hope 1
Understanding the Human Life Cycle 6
Roots and Wings 9
Chapter 2 Exploding the Myth of Adolescence 13
The Invention of Adolescence 13
The Bible and Adolescence 19
Dealing with a Secular Culture 23
Chapter 3 The Stages of Life According to the Apostle John 27
The Words to the Little Children 29
The Words to the Young People 31
The Words to the Fathers 32
Guideposts on the Road to Maturity 35
Part 2 Parenting Principles from the Life of Jesus
Chapter 4 The Home Training of Jesus 47
Nurturing Your Children at Home 47
Dads Are Teachers Too 52
A Father's Pledge 57
Chapter 5 Jesus and the Age Twelve Transition 59
Expecting Teenagers to Behave Like Adults 59
The Bar Mitzvah and Psychology 62
Teenagers Are Terrific 66
Chapter 6 Jesus and the Age Thirty Transition 68
Jesus and the Age Thirty Transition 68
"Abba, Dear Father" 76
Favor with People 80
Chapter 7 Celebrating Your Child's Passage into Adulthood 83
Developing Your Own Rite of Passage 83
A Love Letter to a Son 88
Part 3 On to Maturity
Chapter 8 Expecting Your Teenager to Act Responsibly 95
What Do You Want Your Children to Become? 95
Major Areas of Adult Responsibility 99
Chapter 9 Teaching Your Teen about Sex and Courtship 111
Helping Your Teenager Make a Commitment to Purity 111
Guidelines for Courtship 118
Conclusion 121
Three Reminders 121
Epilogue 124
A Mother's Perspective 125
For Further Reading 136
Sample Letter of Invitation to a Coming of Age Ceremony 138
Sample Program for Coming of Age Celebration 140
About the Author 142
About the CD-ROM 143
Index 145
Other Davidson Press Publications 149
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