Csinos’ assumptions

21 07 2011

David Csinos addresses the assumptions he makes in his research and the writing of his book.  These assumptions are:

  • children are whole human beings and active agents who make meaning and act according to their abilities and experiences and not necessarily those imposed by outside forces
  • children come into the world pregnant with a spiritual capacity
  • children are capable of experiencing transcendence and connecting with God
  • children are recipients of the gift of faith and are able to live faithfully and experience spiritual trans/formation (20)

I admire these assumptions because they value what the children are capable of at the present instead of what they can become later.  What do you think about these assumptions that he is working from?

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26 07 2011
Justin Spurlock

I like Csino’s assumptions here. I would push even farther and say that children not only come into the world pregnant with a spiritual capacity but that they actually increase the spiritual capacity of the whole community, increase the ability of the community to experience transcendence and connect with God, and that they are not only recipients of the gift of faith but also give to others the gift of faith. I think this is one reason why many adults come back to the church once they have children – partly because they want to raise their kids “right” but also because kids open adults up and reconnects them to something that seemed to be distant.

26 07 2011
kptnken

Justin, that’s a great point. Thank you. Kids do provide to the spiritual community. That shows the value of intergenerational ministry instead of segregating kids. Parents do tend to return to church when they have young children in order to “raise them right.”

26 07 2011
Justin Spurlock

I like his assumptions here; however, I would push further. I think kids not only experience transcendence, connect with God, and are pregnant with spiritual capacity, but that they actually increase the capacity and connection for the entire community. I think this is one reason why parents reconnect with church and spirituality when they have kids.

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