Dr. Perry G Downs

Articles by this Author

  1. Education as Sacrament

    Spring 2011, Theological Perspectives — Pages 101-113

    The conversation between theology and education is the missing ingredient for shaping a distinctly Christian process of education. This article calls for a productive conversation between the social sciences and theology to establish an educational process that is redemptive in nature. As a corrective to disintegrated education, biblical theology can inform educational process to help it become a means of grace for the learner, and in that sense it can be understood as sacramental.

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  2. Guest Essay: "Whatever Happened to the Fear of God?"

    Fall 2004 — Pages 152-157

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  3. Baby Boomers' Ministry Needs

    Autumn 1990 — Pages 25-32

    The makeup of the Church ahs been affected by the phenomenon of Baby Boomers. This bulge in the population brings about obvious program needs in churches. The church is well into the process of responding to these program needs with creative and often effective curriculum. In addition, staff specialists in Baby Boomer ministry are becoming the norm. But while these types of responses speak to the immediate needs of the generation, do they reach to the deeper needs? The thesis of this article is that the ministry needs of the Baby Boomers are rooted in the philosophies of the '80s and '90s, and the church's response must first be theological.

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  4. Christian Nuture: A Comparison of Horace Bushnell and Lawrence O Richards

    Spring 1984 — Pages 43-57

    This article compares the two views of Christian nuture held by Horace Bushnell and Lawrence Richards. Though their viewpoints are similar, Bushnell's opinions have met with much hostility. But Richards' opinions have not been so harshly criticized. This article examines the similarities and the differences in the opinions of the two men regarding Christian nurture. It also shows why their ideas have met with such contrasting reactions from conservative Christians.

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  5. Child Evangelization

    Spring 1983 — Pages 5-13

    Historically there have been a variety of approaches to the issue of the evangelization of children. Each of these approaches has been based on certain theological or psychological foundations. This article attempts to describe five of the more prominent approaches to the evangelization of children, to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each, and to offer guidelines for a theology of childhood evangelization. The critical areas of concern are the true nature and demands of saving faith, the problem of original sin, the developmental characteristics of children, and the unique status of children born to Christian parents.

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