Greening the children of God : Thomas Traherne and nature's role in the ecological formation of children /

Greening the Children of God uncovers the theological roots of the growing ethical imperative to reconnect children to their natural environment. Theologians emphasize the sacramental nature of embedding our lives in creation. Environmental educators emphasize knowledge of local biology. Psychologis...

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Author / Creator:Rimmer, Chad Michael, author.
Imprint:Eugene, Oregon : Pickwick, Publications, 2019.
©2019
Description:x, 265 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Series:Princeton theological monograph series ; 241
Princeton theological monograph series ; 241.
Subject:Traherne, Thomas, -- -1674 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Traherne, Thomas, -- -1674.
Children and the environment.
Nature -- Religious aspects.
Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Spiritual formation.
Christian education.
Christian education.
Christian poetry, English.
Ecology -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Nature -- Religious aspects.
Spiritual formation.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12002671
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ISBN:9781532653308
1532653301
153265331X
9781532653315
9781532653322
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-265).
Summary:Greening the Children of God uncovers the theological roots of the growing ethical imperative to reconnect children to their natural environment. Theologians emphasize the sacramental nature of embedding our lives in creation. Environmental educators emphasize knowledge of local biology. Psychologists emphasize the morally pro-formative experience of care between biodiverse creatures. Together they affirm that knowing their place in the natural environment helps a child develop an intersubjective "ecological" identity that nurtures virtues of mutuality and care. During the Scientific Revolution this ethical harmony was threatened as science and moral theology began to adopt different epistemological methods. Seventeenth-century Anglican priest and poet Thomas Traherne was prescient of the consequences of this divorce and insisted that education should promote a child's attention to the moral dimensions woven into "the tapestry of creation." Traherne professed that play, wonder, and a sensory relationship to diverse creatures play a pedagogical role in a child's moral formation. Greening the Children of God establishes the contemporary significance of Traherne's moral theory in conversation with child psychologists, educators, philosophers, and theologians who know that cultivating a place-based relationship to the local ecology helps children perceive creation's deep mutuality and develop a moral identity in the image of a caring Creator. --