July 24, 2014

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Notes from Elsewhere Print E-mail

My 13-year-old daughter left for Washington, DC, at 5:15 a.m. on June 9. The scene in the school gym was a curious combination of joy and tension. The 7th and 8th graders from our small-town Indiana school clustered in small groups comparing notes about what they were taking and expecting, while parents negotiated the complex demands of communicating love, encouragement, last-minute advice and not too much anxiety, without crossing the subtle line between acceptably and unacceptably embarrassing their children.

I didn't understand at first why this particular school trip had my stomach in such a tight knot. Presbyterian summer camp lasts longer - and there's no cell phone contact. As I watched the 13 and 14-year-old's board the bus, visibly engrossed in their own web of relationships and experiences, I realized she was about to have a big, profound, maybe even life-changing experience, completely apart from us. Unlike school - which is in a familiar building, just down the street by comparison with the nation's capitol, this experience can only be imagined as remote. Unlike her sports, which I don't play, but do watch, this experience can only remain invisible to me. However much or little of it I get to share will come only through the medium of conversation, and maybe some photos.

Are kids born with a predisposed ability to believe in God, a childlike faith? Print E-mail

Children, argues Justin L. Barrett, are born receptive to the idea that there is a God. In Born Believers: The Science of Children's Religious Belief (Free Press), Barrett, a psychology professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, builds upon previous research on cognitive development to show that children naturally intuit design—and a Designer—when exposed to the natural world. Holly Catterton Allen, professor of Christian ministries at John Brown University, spoke with Barrett about the scientific evidence testifying to children's religious beliefs.

Why do you suggest children are "born believers?"

Religion News 07-17 Print E-mail

Pleasant Ridge VBS Print E-mail

A one day VBS camp will be held Saturday, July 21st. Come join us in "Building Up God's House" One Soul at a Time.

Ages:  3 years - 7th grade

Time:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location:  6640 Hwy. 467, Demossville.

VBS Director Arlene Gosney

(859) 472-3119


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