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This collection of essays by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars underscores the significance of sustained and serious ethical, inter-religious, and interdisciplinary reflection on children. Essays in the first half of the volume discuss fundamental beliefs and practices within the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam regarding children, adult obligations to them, and a child's own obligations to others. The second half of the volume focuses on selected contemporary challenges regarding children and faithful responses to them. Marcia J. Bunge brings together scholars from various disciplines and diverse strands within these three religious traditions, representing several views on essential questions about the nature and status of children and adult-child relationships and responsibilities. The volume not only contributes to intellectual inquiry regarding children in the specific areas of ethics, religious studies, children's rights, and childhood studies, but also provides resources for child advocates, religious leaders, educators, and those engaged in inter-religious dialogue.


'… the book brings the three traditions into conjunction with one another, with the aim of drawing upon the wisdom of each tradition - and one another's traditions as well … Highly recommended …'

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I General Resources

Browning, Don S., and Marcia J. Bunge, eds. Children and Childhood in World Religions: Primary Sources and Texts. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Browning, Don S., and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, eds. Children and Childhood in American Religions. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Browning, Don S., M. Christian Green, and John Witte Jr., eds. Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2006.
Bunge, Marcia J.The Child, Religion, and the Academy: Developing Robust Theological and Religious Understandings of Children and Childhood.” Journal of Religion 86, no. 4 (October 2006): 549–579.
Bunge, Marcia J.Jewish and Christian Views of Childhood.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies, edited by Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
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Ridgely, Susan B., ed. The Study of Children in Religion: A Methods Handbook. New York University Press, 2011.
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II Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


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Browning, Don S.Equality and the Family: A Fundamental Practical Theology of Children, Mothers, and Fathers in Modern Societies. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.
Browning, Don S.Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage and What to Do about It. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.
Browning, Don S.The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Should it be Ratified and Why?Emory International Law Review 20, no. 1 (spring 2006): 157–183.
Bunge, Marcia J., ed. The Child in Christian Thought. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001.
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