The Child in Law, Religion, and Society

Project Description

An interdisciplinary exploration of children, with focus on birth, naming, and growth; children's rights and rites; education and formation; child abuse, poverty, and homelessness; juvenile delinquency, violence, public policy responses, and reforms.


The Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc. and John Templeton Foundation

Senior Advisors
CSLR Participants

Project Publications

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"Affirmative Action: Did the Supreme Court Save It?,"April 11, 2005 Earl Lewis, Emory University Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies
The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency, The New Press, 2004 Martha Albertson Fineman
The Best Love of the Child: Being Loved and Being Taught to Love as the First Human Right, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011 Timothy P. Jackson
"'But Even So, Look at That': Working with the Convention on the Rights of the Child," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2006): 217-239 Martin E. Marty
PDF link "Challenges of Adolescence and Violence,"March 23, 2005 Peter Ash, Robyn L. Fivush
The Child in Christian Thought, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001 Marcia J. Bunge
Children and Childhood in World Religions, Rutgers University Press, 2009 Don S. Browning†, Marcia J. Bunge
Children and Childhood in American Religions, Rutgers University Press, 2009 Don S. Browning†, Bonnie Miller-McLemore
"Children: Will We Ever Get it Right?,"October 27, 2004 Martin E. Marty, William H. Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Emory University and fellow and advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World, Chalice Press, 2008 Mary Elizabeth Moore, Almeda M. Wright
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In Their Own Words

"The emergence of the Law and Religion Program has coincided with a resurgence in this country of the debates about the role of religion and the debate in the public square. The program has not taken a single ideological stance, but it has made possible the debate of faith in the public square, the relationship of moral concepts to legal obligations, the role of the church and the state and the state in the church. The program has made possible those debates with incredible historical accuracy and with an understanding of the nuances of the differences among the faith traditions."

–Frank S. Alexander