Children and childhood in American religions /

Other Authors: Browning, Don S., Miller-McLemore, Bonnie J.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009.
Series: Rutgers series in childhood studies.
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This collection of essays grew out of a project based at Emory and the University of Chicago that was designed to bridge the gap between religious studies and childhood studies. The introduction lays out the methodological issues ably, and the essays are written by scholars from a variety of disciplines. Most chapters deal with a particular religious tradition in the US, including mainline and evangelical Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Mormonism, Native American religion, and the newer faiths introduced by recent immigration. The concluding chapters treat "immigrant parochial schools" and legal issues. Most essays blend together deftly historical, ethnographic, sociological, and doctrinal materials; the less effective focus mainly on the latter. The collection goes far in filling a major gap in readers' understanding of religion in the US, but it largely fails to address the emergent question of the religious experiences of children themselves. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. P. W. Williams Miami University

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