By Marcia J. Bunge

This choice of essays via Jewish, Christian, and Muslim students underscores the importance of sustained and critical moral, inter-religious, and interdisciplinary mirrored image on youngsters. Essays within the first half the quantity talk about basic ideals and practices in the spiritual traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam concerning young ones, grownup duties to them, and a kid's personal tasks to others. the second one half the quantity makes a speciality of chosen modern demanding situations concerning young ones and trustworthy responses to them. Marcia J. Bunge brings jointly students from a number of disciplines and numerous strands inside those 3 spiritual traditions, representing a number of perspectives on crucial questions about the character and standing of kids and adult-child relationships and obligations. the quantity not just contributes to highbrow inquiry relating to kids within the particular components of ethics, spiritual reports, kid's rights, and early life reports, but additionally offers assets for baby advocates, spiritual leaders, educators, and people engaged in inter-religious discussion. Marcia J. Bunge is Professor of Humanities and Theology at Christ university, the Honors collage of Valparaiso college (Indiana); Director of the kid in faith and Ethics venture; and the University's W.C. Dickmeyer Professor. She is the translator and editor of chosen texts by way of J. G. Herder entitled opposed to natural cause: Writings on historical past, Language, and faith (1993). She has additionally edited and contributed to the kid in Christian concept (2001); the kid within the Bible (2008, co-edited with Terence Fretheim and Beverly Roberts Gaventa); and kids and adolescence in global Religions: basic resources and Texts (2009, co-edited with Don S. Browning).

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Introduction 15 Finally, given the clear mandate in all three traditions to regard children as human beings and to care for all children in need, the volume can speak to all readers – whether atheists, agnostics, or members of other religious traditions – whose hearts are open to children. The chapters challenge us to re-examine our own conceptions about children and childhood, to take seriously many ethical issues regarding children, to honor the various moral and spiritual capacities of children, and to re-evaluate our own commitments to children in our midst and around the world.

This differentiation in status is the opposite of contemporary American culture, which privileges the young in everything from marketing to movies to employment, but it is deeply embedded in the traditional Jewish way of conceiving of parents and children. Third, children gain moral authority as they grow older, and this affects what parents may demand of their children and at what age. The Rabbis had a sense of the teenage years as being different from both childhood and adulthood. 70 Furthermore, although 13 is the age for 64 65 66 67 68 69 J.

Is so important . . ”24 Although the biblical law requires that the circumcision take place on the eighth day, it is postponed when health concerns make it unsafe at that time (typically because of jaundice). 25 Those who are not circumcised on the eighth day may be circumcised whenever their health permits. The boy’s father holds the primary duty to circumcise his sons, either himself or, much more commonly, through a mohel, a person specially trained to do both the physical and the ritual aspects of the ceremony.

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