Child Theology

Speaker(s): Cindy Aalders, James Houston
Date: Summer 2018
Length: 9h 11m
Product ID: RGDL4812S

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God humbled himself and became a human baby. The source of all strength was contained in the weakest human form. What is the meaning of this paradox? Today our concern to pass down the faith to children can prevent us from being attentive to the spiritual insights of children. How do we respond to the claim that children have a more holistic and mystical way of encountering the world than adults? How have children actively participated in religious cultures in the past? How do our own childhoods influence our behaviour and spiritual identity today? Adopting an interdisciplinary approach and aided by guest lecturers, this course examines biblical, historical, and contemporary issues as we consider the theological significance of childhood.

Contents Include:

A. Introduction to Child Theology / The Beautiful Mystery of Jesus Coming to us as a Child (Dr. Houston)

B. Biblical History and Theology (Dr. Houston)

C. History of Religion and Children, from Medieval to Modern Times

D. Contemporary Issues (Guest Lecturers: Mrs. Sonia Chee & Dr. Christiane Brepohl)

E. Children's literature (Dr. Aalders)


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Cindy Aalders recently completed doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, where her research focused on the spiritual lives and manuscript cultures of eighteenth-century British women. Her doctoral thesis is now under revision for Oxford University Press. In additional to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is also the author of To Express the Ineffable: The Hymns and Spirituality of Anne Steele. Her current research explores the religious lives of eighteenth-century children. She also serves as Acting Library Director of the John Richard Allison Library at Regent College.

James M. Houston is Board of Governors' Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. Previously, he was University Lecturer at Oxford University. He is author of I Believe in the Creator, In Search of Happiness, The Heart's Desire: A Guide to Personal Fulfillment, The Transforming Power of Prayer: Deepening Your Friendship with God., Joyful Exiles, and Letters of Faith Through the Seasons.

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