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Won't somebody please think of the children?!

Won't somebody please think of the children?!

I think this is well worth discussing (the allusion to the Simpsons is not meant to be flippant!) but I'm not sure where to begin. Not with Revelation, that's for sure!

We had a stab at the topic a year ago (see 'Children in church') but didn't get very far. I suspect that part of the problem is that we haven't really worked out what or how we should be teaching adults yet, let alone children. I wonder, though, now that you pose the question, whether addressing the challenge of teaching children might not help us to bring clarity to our thinking.

It must surely be the case that our current need to 'deconstruct', as you put it, arises at least in part because of the way in which the Christian worldview was originally inculcated in us as children. To what extent, then, do we perpetuate the sacred-secular dualism, for example, by the way we teach Bible stories? To what extent do we reinforce western individualism by assuring our children that God loves them and has a plan for their lives?

It seems to me that a key emphasis should be on nurturing a sense of being part of a community that has a history (a narrative) and a calling in the world (mission). Perhaps we could learn something from the way traditional communities (such as tribal groups) teach their children what it means to belong to the group and participate in its life and culture. How are children normally socialized?

These are merely random thoughts in the hope of stimulating a bit more discussion. Anyone?

And what of "Sunday School"? By: xyb (11 replies) 27 May, 2006 - 03:10