Fatherhood, Childism, and the Creation of Society
Author: Wall, John
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Volume 75, Number 1, 8 March 2007 , pp. 52-76(25)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:This essay argues for a new religious ethical approach to fatherhood centered on children and their expanding capabilities for participation in society. Under the notion of childismin analogy to feminism, womanism, humanism, and the likeit takes the perspective of the experiences and concerns of childhood as such. In contrast with a soft patriarchal argument for fatherhood that dominates much religious discourse today, it argues for a larger and more hopeful vision of fatherhood as directed toward the human social good. This requires, methodologically, a richer hermeneutical circle between religion and the social sciences. Substantively, it calls for Christian and other religious ethicists to re-imagine fatherhood as an integrated publicprivate responsibility that aims to cultivate childrens fully human social creativity as images of their Creator.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-03-08
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