The Mystery of the Child by Martin E. Marty
(Religion, Marriage, and Family)

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Much of today's writing on children treats the child of any age as a problem or a set of problems to be solved, effectively reducing the child to a complex of biological and chemical factors, explainable in scientific terms, or regarding children as objects of adult control. In contrast, Martin Marty here presents the child as a mystery who invokes wonder and elicits creative responses that affect the care provided him or her.

Drawing on literature as new as contemporary poetry and as old as the Bible, The Mystery of the Child encourages the thoughtful enjoyment of children instead of the imposition of adult will and control. Indeed, Marty treats the impulse to control as a problem and highlights qualities associated with children -- responsiveness, receptivity, openness to wonder -- that can become sources of renewal for adults.

The Mystery of the Child represents a new tack for Martin Marty -- universally respected as a historian, theologian, and interpreter of religion and culture -- but displays the same incisive, erudite quality marking the fifty-plus books and thousands of articles that he has previously written. Marty's broad, thoughtful perspective will inspire readers to think afresh about what it means to be a child -- and to be a caregiver.

This book is sure to claim a wide readership -- parents, grandparents, schoolteachers, theologians, historians -- engaging anyone wanting to explore more fully the profound realm of the child.

About Martin E. Marty

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Published April 23, 2007 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 269 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Breathtakingly ambitious in scope, written with the author's customary sober and reflective erudition, this wide-ranging exploration of the wonders of the child is both inspirational and slightly elegiac in tone.

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The basic gist of the game is that you have to find things to help the main character discover the portal that gives the game its name.

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Marty ultimately argues that if “ Zuck approached the Bible with the mystery of the child , not the problem of the child , in the forefront , there might have been more accent on enjoyment , for adults and children alike ” (96–97).

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