"Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children, and Mainline Churches" by Margaret Lamberts Bendroth

Wednesday, 06 Jun 2007

In Growing Up Protestant, Margaret Lamberts Bendroth offers a fascinating account of northern mainline Protestant attitudes about families and children in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Bendroth, professor of history at Calvin College, begins her account with the domestication of the family in the North during the mid-nineteenth century. As programs of catechesis were replaced by Sunday schools influenced by Horace Bushnell's Christian Nature, and the later educational insights of John Dewey, mainline Protestants shifted their attention from training children in the faith to developing personalities to meet the demands of modern life. <...

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