Generativity and Regeneration in Bushnellian Theology

From: Volume 7NS, Issue 1: Spring 2003 Pages 99-116


How will the church pass on the faith to the next generation? Horace Bushnell (1802-1876) was highly influential with his then (1842) controversial assertion that the children of believing parents should grow up as Christians, and not have to go through a technical experience of conversion. The theological construct of regeneration and the psychological construct of generativity are defined and explored to find common points in the theology and thinking of Horace Bushnell. After rooting the discussion in the writings of Bushnell, Finney, Erikson, and Kotre, implications for parents and teachers are presented.



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