To that end, can I impose upon you to give me some unscientific information that might be helpful?
If you were raised in a Christian home and are a believer today:
- What activities in your childhood helped you to understand the Christian faith?
- What childhood activities helped you follow Jesus?
- What was the greatest barrier or threat to your spiritual growth as a child?
- What are you doing to teach your children about Christian doctrine? I'm particularly interested in use of documents such as the various Roman Catholic tools, Westminster (shorter) Catechism, Book of Common Prayer, etc.
- How are you demonstrating your walk with Christ to your children?
I have a lot of problems with the article--mainly that it, in my opinion, capitulates to some of the very things it criticizes. Nevertheless, there is a lot of useful content in it.
I'm not a huge fan of Phyllis Tickle, but she was spot on when she observed: “Congregations and denominations that are not attending to the moral formation of ... children are the most threatened because parents of that age group tend to see religious formation in terms of moral formation…the emergence of community service as a dominant value leads, in many cases, to a deinstitutionalization of faith.”
“In this age of do-it-yourself religion, researchers find teens have such vague, poorly articulated beliefs that many who come from Christian homes have effectively replaced Christianity with a ‘moralistic therapeutic deism’ that emphasizes personal happiness as a paramount goal of religion.”
“Home is the primary setting where kids learn to make meaning of their place in the universe.”
“Home–not church–is increasingly where kids acquire religious character.”
“Responsibility for forming children's faith identities is shifting from institutions to parents.”
“Spiritual formation isn't something parents can effectively outsource to religious institutions.”
“Faith increasingly gets formed at home or not at all.”
“Parents don't need all the answers. Seeking insight alongside children is often all that's required.”
Edited by Pax, 09 January 2011 - 07:53 PM.