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Will Our Children Have Faith?

Posted on 27 December 2013 Gavin Glenn

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Will Our Children Have Faith? was first published in 1976. It was intended to be solely a ‘tract for our times,’ but whether our children will have faith is still the question about which I worry. It is a question that implies looking at many factors: the historical, social, and cultural context in which we live; our understanding of the Christian life of faith; our understanding of how persons acquire their world views, values, and lifestyles; and our ability to be the sort of community that can nurture and nourish such understandings.

The Rev. John H. Westerhoff III – preeminent theologian, educator, and author – has been a familiar name in Christian education during the last quarter of the twentieth century. There are few comprehensive books on religion since 1976 that do not reference or cite him as a strong representative of certain approaches. He has published over five hundred articles and thirty-four books. His most enduring and significant work, Will Our Children Have Faith?, has been used extensively in college and seminary religious education classes and is translated into six languages. It is regarded as one of the most important books in the field of Christian education.

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