When Children Became People
Saturday April 24th 2010, 10:55 am
Filed under: Books,Patristics

Lots of you were fascinated by two books I mentioned here last month: “Let the Little Children Come to Me”: Childhood and Children in Early Christianity, by Cornelia B. Horn, John W. Martens, and When Children Became People: The Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity, by O. M. Bakke.

Now BMCR reviews another, somewhat related title: Cecily Hennessy’s Images of Children in Byzantium.


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This is an important topic. In the Roman world, girls, handicapped babies, etc. were routinely left out to die. The ending of this practice, and the establishment of legal and moral protections for children, is a major accomplishment of the early Church. It is no concidence that the decline of Christianity in the west has been accompanied by an erosion of those protections.

Comment by Carl Sommer 04.24.10 @ 11:09 pm



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