Title

Attachment, Nature, and the Young Child’s Felt Sense of God

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-30-2020

Journal

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Volume Number

29

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

47-60

ISSN

1065-6219

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)| 130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy

Avondale Research Centre

Christian Education Research Centre

Avondale Research Centre

Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre

Reportable Items

C1

Abstract

It is proposed that young children may develop a felt sense of God through an attachment to nature that parallels their attachment to significant people in their lives. Children learn through their senses and young children experience a sense of awe and wonder when immersed in nature. Research supports the argument that children who are exposed to nature develop personal attributes that help them flourish. This article argues for a nexus between young children’s sensory experiences in nature and their felt sense of God.

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