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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Crabtownboy, Sep 20, 2009.
Here is an interesting piece from one of the workers at IBTS in Prague. What is your opinion.
Theology should come from the bible, not kids. o_0 Children can be wonderful examples of God's word, however, both for good and bad. This, no.
This is from the Child Theology site, which was linked in the blog posted in the OP:
I don't think that having the child when Jesus spoke was essential. Jesus did refer to children and he used practical ways to illustrate things, but I do not think one has to always have a child in the midst of theology.
It seems to be some kind of new gimmick like other gimmicks that people latch onto just to do something novel. God's word should be the core of "doing theology," not some kind of child-centered technique.
Paul Tillich begins his Systematic Theology with the following passage:
I think that we have to take children into account as we do theological work. Children are part of our churches even if they have not yet made a profession of faith. They sit in our church services, and they see and hear everything that goes on and is said. They sing hymns, listen to prayers and sermons (even if they are reading or coloring). So what concerns adults also concerns our children. That's what Tillich was talking about, "the interpretation of this truth [of the Christian message] for every new generation." If we are going to do that effectively, then we are going to have to give some attention to how we deal with our children.