Guest Editorial Introduction to the Mini-Theme: Children's Spirituality

From: Volume 4, Issue 2: Fall 2007, Children's Spirituality Pages 215-217

Abstract

Children's spirituality is the child's development of a conscious relationship with God, in Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, within the context of a community of believers that fosters that relationship, as well as the child's understanding of--and response to--that relationship.

This first mini-theme issue of CEJ (Series 3) focuses on children’s spirituality. Children’s spiritual development is currently a hot topic not only in Christian education circles but in the broader world of the social sciences as well. Robert Coles’ publication of The Spiritual Life of Children (1990, Houghton Mifflin) heralded a new interest in the area of children and faith across a variety of fields and disciplines—educational and developmental psychology, ministry, medicine, world religion, sociology, education, theology, even church history.

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