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Children and Childhood in American Religions

by John P. Bartkowski(contrib.) ; Margaret Lamberts Bendroth(contrib.) ; Paul D Numrich(contrib.) ; Don S. Browning(ed.) ; Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore(ed.) ; Christopher G Ellison(contrib.) ; Jennifer Beste(contrib.) ; Elliot Dorff(contrib.) ; Jane Smith(contrib.) ; Cheryl Gilkes(contrib.) ; David Dollahite(contrib.) ; Raymond Williams(contrib.) ; Rita Gross(contrib.) ; Jeffrey Meyer(contrib.) ; Roger Ironcloud(contrib.) ; Raymond Bucko(contrib.) ; Emily Buss(contrib.)
Children and Childhood in American Religions by John P. Bartkowski
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Whether First Communion or bar mitzvah, religious traditions play a central role in the lives of many American children. In this collection of essays, leading scholars reveal for the first time how various religions interpret, reconstruct, and mediate their traditions to help guide children and their parents in navigating the opportunities and challenges of American life. The book examines ten religions, among other topics:
  • How the Catholic Church confronts the tension between its teachings about children and actual practic
  • The Oglala Lakota's struggle to preserve their spiritual tradition
  • The impact of modernity on Hinduism

Only by discussing the unique challenges faced by all religions, and their followers, can we take the first step toward a greater understanding for all of us.

Rutgers University Press; February 2009
244 pages; ISBN 9780813546957
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Title: Children and Childhood in American Religions
Author: John P. Bartkowski; Margaret Lamberts Bendroth; Paul D Numrich; Don S. Browning; Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore; Christopher G Ellison; Jennifer Beste; Elliot Dorff; Jane Smith; Cheryl Gilkes; David Dollahite; Raymond Williams; Rita Gross; Jeffrey Meyer; Roger Ironcloud; Raymond Bucko; Emily Buss