The Vocation of the Child

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-16
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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The calling of the child has been a perennial puzzle for the Christian community. What is childhood for? Is its main purpose play, work, growth, or some combination of the three? Most discussions of childhood tend to center on a child's rights or duties, marginalizing the child as an incomplete adult, insignificant until grown into independence. But if we believe that God has a vocation for every person, must we not also apply this to children?

Author Biography

Patrick McKinley Brennan is professor of law and holds the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies at Villanova University School of Law

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Permissionsp. xiii
Contributorsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
The Vocation, Calling, or Office of a Child
The Vocation of the Child: Theological Perspectives on the Particular and Paradoxical Roles and Responsibilities of Childrenp. 31
In Search of Real Children: Innocence, Absence, and Becoming a Self in Christp. 53
Luck, Obedience, and the Vocation of Childhoodp. 75
The Office of Child in the Christian Faith: A Theology of Childhoodp. 104
Innocence, Depravity, and Hope for the Freedom of the Child
Christ the Pediatrician: Augustine on the Diagnosis and Treatment of the Injured Vocation of the Childp. 127
Thomas Aquinas and the Paradigms of Childhoodp. 154
Children Play with God: A Contemporary Thomistic Understanding of the Childp. 189
Hope for Unbaptized Infants: Holy Innocents after All?p. 215
The Rights, Duties, and Work of the Child
The Rights of Children in Medieval Canon Lawp. 243
The Duties of Love: The Vocation of the Child in the Household Manual Traditionp. 266
Children, Chores, and Vocation: A Social and Theological Lacunap. 295
Deciding Who the Child Will Become
Who Should Decide What the Child Will Become?p. 327
Soul for Soul - the Vocation of the Child in Lasallian Pedagogyp. 357
The Vocation of the Child as a Learnerp. 381
The Best Interests of the Child: Modern Lessons from the Christian Traditionsp. 408
Index of Namesp. 432
Index of Subjectsp. 438
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