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Children and Youth in a New Nation$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757420

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.001.0001

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A Child Shall Lead Them

A Child Shall Lead Them

Children and New Religious Groups in the Early Republic

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Children and Youth in a New Nation

Todd M. Brenneman

NYU Press

This chapter demonstrates how children often provided a framework for, if not a challenge to, the developing ideologies of religious Americans. It studies three faiths that are mixtures of religion, children, and revolutionary ideals: the Disciples of Christ (often called “Christians”), the Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons), and the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Coming (the Shakers). These groups illustrate that the unique doctrines that differentiated them from other groups stemmed at least partly from their understanding of children. By comparing how these groups conceptualized children, the chapter reveals how religious leaders reconceptualized theologies of salvation and the afterlife, philosophies of education and economics, and ideologies about family while also incorporating American ideals like individualism, equality, and antiauthoritarianism into their ecclesiological systems.

Keywords:   children in religion, revolutionary ideals, Christians, Mormons, Shakers

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