Children and the Theologians

Clearing the Way for Grace

By Jerome W. Berryman
Morehouse Publishing, Hardcover, 9780819223470, 276pp.

Publication Date: September 2009

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The long story of children in theology is told via analysis of some twenty-five theologians, grouped according to six historical periods. Each account examines what a particular theologian thought about children and the experience it was based upon. Four themes that have shaped our attitudes about children in the church emerge from this history: ambivalence, ambiguity, indifference, and grace. The result of this study is to promote a healthier church, which will respect and utilize the distinctive gifts of children. In so doing, theologians will be better able to help clear the way for grace in the postmodern church.

About the Author
Jerome W. Berryman is internationally renowned as the founder of Godly Play. In addition to academic degrees from the University of Kansas, Princeton Theological Seminary, the University of Tulsa Law School and Oxford University s Mansfield College, he graduated from The Center for Advanced Montessori Studies in Bergamo, Italy. He has received two honorary doctorates from Episcopal seminaries, is an Episcopal priest and is presently Senior Fellow at the Center for the Theology of Childhood (Godly Play Foundation). He lives in Greenwood Village, CO.
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