Christian Nurture of Children in the Writings of Horace Bushnell and Ellen G. White

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Jankiewicz, D., & Jankiewicz, E. (2016). Christian nurture of children in the writings of Horace Bushnell and Ellen G. White. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 25(2), 115-146.

ISSN: 1065-6219


111704 Community Child Health| 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)| 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)| 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified

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Until the 20th century, the spiritual nurture of children was not a high priority for the Christian church. In fact, for most of Christian history, reflection on the nature of children and their faith formation was often considered “beneath” the work of theologians. Two 19th-century American Christian writers, however, stand in sharp contrast to this trend: Horace Bushnell (1802–1876) and Ellen G. White (1827–1915). This article examines, compares, and contrasts the thoughts of these two thinkers on Christian nurture within the context of their lives and theologies of human nature and salvation.


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