Abortion. Pederasty. Homosexuality. Christian schools. The sacraments. These pressing issues could fill the agenda of any contemporary Christian congregation or denomination. As O. M. Bakke tells us, they are also of paramount concern to theologians and commentators on the life of children in Christianity’s earliest centuries.
Bakke, associate professor of church history at the School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger, Norway, invites us to look back into childhood as it was experienced in the ancient world and to explore what Christians thought about the nature of children and the treatment of them in families and society. When Children Became People should be appreciated as both a work of church history and a major contribution to the growing field of family history.