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Mystery of the Child (Martin E Marty) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2007) 9780802817662
Mystery of the Child (Martin E Marty) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2007) 9780802817662
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Title: The Mystery of the Child

Author: Marty, Martin E

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2007

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802817662

Volumes: 1; Pages: 254

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Much of today's literature on children treats the child of any age as a problem or a set of problems to be solved, effectively reducing the child to a complex of biological and chemical factors, explainable in scientifi c terms, or to someone who is the object of control by adults. In contrast, Martin Marty here presents the child as a mystery who invokes wonder and elicits creative responses that affect the care provided him or her.Drawing on literature as new as contemporary poetry and as old as the Bible, The Mystery of the Child encourages the thoughtful enjoyment of children instead of the imposition of adult will and control. Indeed, Marty treats the impulse to control as a problem and highlights qualities associated with children--responsiveness, receptivity, openness to wonder--that can become sources of renewal for adults.The Mystery of the Child represents a new tack for Martin Marty--universally respected as a historian, theologian, and interpreter of religion and culture--but displays the same incisive, erudite quality marking the fifty-plus books and thousands of articles that Marty has previously written. His broad, thoughtful perspective will inspire readers to think afresh about what it means to be a child and what it means to be a caregiver.This book is sure to claim a wide readership--parents, grandparents, teachers, humanists, theologians, historians--engaging anyone wanting to explore more fully the profound realm of the child.Table of Contents Series ForewordAcknowledgments1. The Subject of Care2. Care as a Problem3. Care as Control4. The Child as Mystery5. The Mystery of Change6. Wonder in the Provision of Care7. The Child's Self-in Circumstances8. Care for the Child in Context9. Receptivity "Beyond Good and Evil"10. The Abyss of Mystery: Postscript and PrescriptIndex of Subjects and NamesIndex of Scripture References
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