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When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity

When Children Became People

The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity

O. M. Bakke (Author), Brian McNeil (Translator)


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Bakke paints a fascinating picture of children's first real emergence as people against a backdrop of the ancient world.

Using theological and social history research, Bakke compares Greco-Roman and Christian attitudes toward abortion and child prostitution, pedagogy and moral upbringing, and the involvement of children in liturgy and church life. He also assesses Christian attitudes toward children in the church's developing doctrinal commitments.

Today, growing numbers of children are impoverished, exploited, abandoned, orphaned, or killed. Bakke's insightful work begins to untangle the roots of their complex plight.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800637255
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 358
  • Publication Date April 13, 2005

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Children in the Greco-Roman world
  3. Patristic teaching about the nature of children and their characteristics
  4. Abortion, infanticide and Expositio, and sexual relations between children and adults
  5. Making "athletes of Christ": upbringing and education of children
  6. Children's participation in worship
  7. Children and a life of religious perfection
  8. Early Christians and the humanity of children