The Child in Law, Religion, and Society
This project represented a deep interdisciplinary exploration of children, with a focus on birth, naming, and growth; children's rights and rites; education and formation; child abuse, poverty, and homelessness; juvenile delinquency and violence; and public policy responses and reforms. Directed by Martin E. Marty and John Witte, Jr., this project yielded 13 major public forums, an international conference, and 24 new volumes and journal symposia. This project was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc., the John Templeton Foundation, and the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love.
What's Wrong with Rights for Children?
Panel: Should Children's Groups Oppose the Children's ConventionDon S. Browning, David Smolen, and T. Jeremy Gunn discuss whether religious groups should oppose the Children's Convention. Polly Price moderates.
What's Wrong with Children's Rights?Martha A. Fineman and Martin Guggenheim discuss what's wrong with children's rights. Karen L. Worthington moderates.
What Does the Children's Convention Require?Jaap E. Dook, Philip G. Alston, and Landon Pearson discuss the requirements of the children's convention. T. Jeremy Gunn moderates.
The Family Forum Series
2006-2007: The Future of Family LifeThis panel discussion touched issues of modern family life, including same-sex marriage, covenant marriage, abolition of marriage as a legal category, and the role of the church in marriage reform. Panelists included John Witte, Jr. and Mark D. Jordan.
2005-2006: Vocations of the Child: Do Kids Have a Responsibility?This panel discussion explores what it means to be a child - roles, responsibilities and rights - and explores historical and contemporary Christian understandings of what a children is called and capable of being in their relationships with God, neighbor, and self. Panelists are Patrick M. Brennan, Professor of Law, Arizona State University.; John E. Coons, Bridges Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley; Marcia Bunge, Professor of Theology and Humanities, Valparaiso University; and Paul Vitz, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, New York University.
The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency (The New Press, 2004), Martha Albertson Fineman
The Child in Christian Thought (William B. Eerdmans, 2001), Marcia J. Bunge
Children and Childhood in World Religions (Rutgers University Press, 2009), Don S. Browning and Marcia J. Bunge, eds.
Children and Childhood in American Religions (Rutgers University Press, 2009), Don S. Browning and Bonnie Miller-McLemore, eds.
Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World (Chalice Press, 2008), Mary Elizabeth Moore and Almeda M. Wright, eds.
Christian Ethics and the Moral Psychologies (William B. Eerdmans, 2006), Don S. Browning
The Civic Seminary: Sources of Modern Public Education in the Lutheran Reformation of Germany, Hamline Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 12, No. 1 (1995-96): 173-223), John Witte, Jr.
Equality and the Family: A Fundamental Practical Theology of Children, Mothers, and Fathers in Modern Societies (William B. Eerdmans, 2007), Don S. Browning
Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South (University of Georgia Press, 2009), Mary E. Odem, Elaine Lacy
The Morality of Adoption: Social-Psychological, Theological, and Legal Perspectives (William B. Eerdmans, 2005), Timothy P. Jackson
The Mystery of the Child (William B. Eerdmans, 2007) Martin E. Marty
Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life (University of Chicago Press, 2007), Steven M. Tipton
Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Mark D. Jordan
The Sins of the Fathers: The Law and Theology of Illegitimacy Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2009), John Witte, Jr.
The Vocation of the Child (William B. Eerdmans, 2008), Patrick M. Brennan
What is Right for Children? The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights (Ashgate, 2009), Karen Worthington and Martha Albertson Fineman, eds.