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When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity
Bakke paints a fascinating picture of children's first real emergence as people against a backdrop of the ancient world. Using theological and social history research, Bakke compares Greco-Roman and Christian attitudes toward abortion and child prostitution, pedagogy and moral upbringing, and the involvement of children in liturgy and church life. He also assesses Christia ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
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A bit academic in tone, and not necessarily an "easy read" for that reason, but solid scholarship and a good, balanced presentation of the data. Very nice survey of the early church fathers on the topic of children and childhood. Comprehensive and thorough, and well organized.