Response to Theology of Children

Response to Psychology of Children



Response to Psychology of Children

Your responses provide an insightful view on the questions raised in the session. Your response portrays the abuse and neglect of children in society, by parents and the church. I find this as true. Bunge states that, “religious discourse has often been dominated by simplistic and ambivalent views of children that diminish their complexity and integrity” (Bunge, 2006, p. 552). The American Church has placed minimal emphasis on important issues such as the debate on child healthcare. I also agree that abuse on children is detrimental. This holds true for cases such as Daniel Schreber (Harak, 1996). Your argument on motherhood is thoughtful. I believe that discourse on working mothers is inaccurate. Women have their role in families, but they need freedom to follow their desired path. I support the ideal that, “all men and women should be engaged, in some way, in the work of mothering” (Rigby, 2000, p. 546). In this way, the humanity of children will mix with feminist ideals.

Your response on the second question is thought provoking. You state that child theologies enable us to assess the society’s obligation to children. Moreover, I believe that the ‘child theories’ enable us to take a new perspective of Christianity and its doctrines. I agree that, a fragmented Christian society will slow the efforts to change perspectives on children. Your response describes various noble efforts in improving the outlook of children in your church. Bunge states that, “children are developing beings who need instruction and guidance” (Bunge, 2006, p. 565). Therefore, more of the church programs should accommodate children. I agree that women may have different vocations in their lifetime. After all, they are not solely responsible for family life, or its failure. Your response to the fourth question is agreeable to. It has to be recognized that raising children is not a woman’s but a societal role.


Bunge, M. J. (2006). The Child, Religion, and the Academy: Developing Robust Theological and Religious Understandings of Children and Childhood. Journal of Religion, 86, 549-579.

Harak, G. S. (1996). Child Abuse and Embodiment From A Thomistic Perspective. Modern Theology: Aquinas and empowerment: Classical ethics for ordinary lives (316-336). Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press.

Rigby, C. L. (2000). Exploring our Hesitation: Feminist Theologies and the Nurture of Children. Theology Today, 56, 4, 540-554.

Rubio, J. H. (2003). A Christian theology of marriage and family. New York: Paulist Press.