Christian Nuture and Conversion: A Conversation between Horace Bushnell and John Wesley

From: Volume 9, Issue 2: Fall 2012, The Profession of Teaching Christian Ed Pages 309-325


This article provides an overview of Horace Bushnell’s view of Christian nurture and its impact on the field of Christian education. Specific attention is given to how Bushnell’s thesis has been critiqued and how it shapes current approaches to Christian nurture. The article also explores John Wesley’s view of childhood education and conversion. The article includes a conversation between Bushnell and Wesley on issues of original sin, infant baptism, Christian nurture, and conversion. The article concludes by providing practical approaches to developing educational ministries that focus on Christian nurture and formation.



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