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Children and Childhood in American Religions
edited by Don S. Browning and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
contributions by Christopher G Ellison, Cheryl Gilkes, Rita Gross, Roger Ironcloud, Jeffrey Meyer, Paul D Numrich, Jane Smith, Raymond Williams, John P. Bartkowski, Margaret Lamberts Bendroth, Jennifer Beste, Raymond Bucko, Emily Buss, David Dollahite and Elliot Dorff
Rutgers University Press, 2009
eISBN: 978-0-8135-4695-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-4480-9 | Paper: 978-0-8135-4481-6
Library of Congress Classification BL2525.C47 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 200.830973

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.

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