Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

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.

Journal Title

Journal of Research on Christian Education

Volume

25

Issue

2

First Page

115

Last Page

146

DOI

10.1080/10656219.2016.1191397

First Department

Theology and Christian Philosophy