Towards a theology of the child: a series

childhoodHere’s my posts so far on a theology of the child in historical perspective. It’s a series that I’ve enjoyed doing and which I’d like to return to at some stage (but not for a wee while).


  1. I wonder if you have considered to search for, explore and publish any theological thoughts on childhood by women? :)


  2. Hello,
    Just ran across your blog as I am currently researching a possible future PhD project in American church history on exactly this idea (theology of childhood in historical perspective and in its political and philosophical context). I wonder if you ever did get any other feedback about women in particular who might have written on this subject? (My husband just came in and noted that American theologian Marcia Bunge has published on this subject.) Thanks!


  3. (Just to clarify why my husband commented on this: he is a German Reformed theologian who finished his PhD on Barth’s ethics last year and I am an American Episcopal minister living in Germany since 2002 and looking, as I wrote, to possibly complete a PhD program–We also traveled in Scotland in 2003 and LOVED it. Just thought I’d mention that :-). I am excited to have found your blog and look forward to keeping up with what you are writing.)


  4. Hi. I’m very excited to hear about your research interest. I teach a course on the theology of childhood, and am hoping to further develop my thinking in this area. It would be good to stay in touch, perhaps via email, if that works for you. Cheers, Jason.


  5. Regarding women writing on theology of childhood:

    My comments here undoubtedly come far too late to be of help – being some 4 years after the original question posted above. Probably by now these resources (below) have been found and assessed by those who were looking. However, if it is of any use, there are several women, especially from the field of practical theology, who have published on the theology of children: Bonnie Miller-McLemore, ‘Let the Children Come: Reimagining Childhood from a Christian Perspective’ (San Fransisco, Jossey-Bass, 2003) (plus a series of journal articles, many available here: ); Anne Mercer, ‘Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood’ (Atlanta, Chalice Press, 2005).

    Apart from these which address practical, ecclesial and contemporary concerns, Dawn DeVries, in addition to her piece on Schleiermacher in The Child in Christian Thought (Bunge, ed.) also contributed to an issue of Interpretation (55:2, 2001) ‘Toward a Theology of Childhood’ – which I’m sure you’re familiar with Jason. I’ve also found helpful Rosemary Radford Ruether’s ‘Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family’ (Guildford, SCM Press, 2001) though the focus is shifting Christian understandings of family, not the child per se, and Helen Oppenheimer’s ‘Finding and Following: Talking with Children About God’ – though this is less a theology of childhood as a theologically reflective discussion of tackling faith and theology with children, without dumbing down either.

    Finally, there are many excellent individual contributions by men and women alike to edited volumes such as those edited by Marcia Bunge – ‘Child in Christian Thought’, ‘Child in the Bible’, ‘Children and Childhood in World Religions’ (ed. with Don Browning), ‘Children, Adults and Shared Responsibilities: Jewish Christian and Muslim Perspectives’, at least the first of which you have drawn on significantly for this series, Jason.
    Any I have missed I would be very pleased to hear about.


  6. There is a program formed from Maria Montessori’s work called The Cathechsis of the Good Shepherd.. website is It’s a very “hands on” way of engaging children in the parables and other teachings..


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