From recent sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, to arguments about faith schools and religious indoctrination, this volume considers the interconnection between the actual lives of children and the position of children as placeholders for the future. Childhood has often been a particular site of struggle for negotiating the location and future of religion in public and everyday social life. Moreover, children's involvement and non-involvement in religion often raises strong feelings because they represent the future of religious and secular communities, even of society itself." The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood "provides a rich resource for students and scholars of this interdisciplinary field, and addresses wider questions about the distinctiveness of childhood and its religious dimensions in historical perspective. Divided into five thematic parts," "the volume provides classic, contemporary, and specially commissioned readings from a range of perspectives, including the sociological, anthropological, historical, and theological. Case studies range from Augustine's description of childhood in "Confessions," the psychology of religion and childhood, to religion in children's literature, and Islamic education. - Religious traditions covered include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, in the UK and Europe, USA and Africa. - An introduction situates each thematic part, and each reading is contextualised by the editors - Guidance on further reading and study questions are provided on the book's webpage
The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in March 2017. The ISBN for The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood is 9781474251105.