Children don't just learn theology. They actively create it, playing with ideas and drawing together aspects of their own lives to form theological understanding. In Little Theologians David Csinos offers a groundbreaking exploration of how cultural contexts intersect with the theological meaning-making of children.
Providing a radical twist of perspective, Little Theologians looks to the theological insights and experiences of children to provide a lens for critiquing broader discourses surrounding cultural diversity and spirituality.
"You and I must teach our children love as a force for change. This excellent volume will be our primer for these urgent times."
-The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church, New York City
"You'll be both encouraged and challenged by every essay."
-Andrew Root, Luther Seminary
"This book is a gift to be treasured... Don't just read it - let its words be an invitation to meet the uncertainty before us with courage and conviction."
-Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt University
"I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about their kids and the future of Christianity."
-Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners
"An amazing collection of compelling voices that calls us to the work of transforming the formational experiences of our children to birth life-long and life giving faith. These luminous voices remind us that this is our work: handing our children the promise and watching it enliven them."
-Amy K. Butler, Senior Minister, The Riverside Church
"Don’t read this book unless you are ready to hear afresh God’s vision for children and youth in our churches – and are ready to take up the challenge!"
-Mary Hawes, National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser, Church of England
"Finally--a design for children's ministry that actually takes children seriously! Incisive, thoughtful and creative, David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith have written a wonderful guide, packed full of constructive ideas, for fostering a 'new ecclesial culture' in which children are full and lively participants in Christian life and community."
-Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, author of Let the Children Come and In the Midst of Chaos
"If you're ready to venture into new horizons in children's ministry, start reading. You'll find well-written chapters full of wise insight--and you'll be inspired to be part of a new era in the spiritual formation of children."
-Brian McLaren, author, speaker, activist, brianmclaren.net
"This is a seminal book in every sense of that word… It describes for us an entirely accessible landscape of hope and holy purpose.”
-Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence and Emergence Christianity
“Full of light and warmth. This book is a treasure for coming generations, and present ones as well.”
-Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core, and author of Acts of Faith
“A treasure trove of wisdom from leaders who share the best of what they have to offer in the quest to nurture faith and spirituality among the young."
-Parker J. Palmer, author of Healing the Heart of Democracy and The Courage to Teach
"David Csinos gives us practical insights and ideas to move children's ministry 'beyond one-size-fits-all.' A great resource for all those who care about the spiritual life of children."
-John Roberto, Lifelong Faith Journal
"A foundational resource for those wanting to engage in intentional and faithful ministry with children."
-Religious Education Journal