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Jos de Kock, Ronelle Sonnenberg and Erik Renkema

sufficient reflection is provided on what kind of normativity plays a role in the way practices are investigated or on how normativity is present in the practices that have been studied. What we do observe is the growing attention to the particular (normative) position of the researcher by giving the reader

Graeme Fancourt

This paper is a praxis-driven theological reflection upon Attachment Theory and Religious Faith, specifically questioning the extent to which disruption of the attachment system during adolescence influences how the name of God might be heard. Attachment theory is presented using a story alongside an explanation of the work of Simone de Roos and Lee Kirkpatrick. Following an analysis of their findings, it is suggested that Attachment theory is a development of Feuerbach’s projection critique of Christian faith within psycho-social discourse. Three theological reflections upon this analysis are presented and reviewed: a literalist perspective, a pure-narrative theological reflection, and a third approach, built on the work of Sallie McFague, which emphasises the reciprocal nature of the Christian names of God. This paper proposes that praxis operating in the mode of the first two reflections may encourage either a superstitious invoking of God’s name, or an idealisation of the church as community. The aim of the final theological reflection is to inform a ministry that encourages sharing in God’s names as a redemptive resource for a Christian understanding of self-formation.

Jos de Kock

It is wonderful to present to you the second 2018 issue of the Journal of Youth and Theology ( jyt ). This issue contains four articles and one book review. The current issue’s composition of contributions reflects the richness of academic approaches in the youth ministry field. Besides

Pete White

children and young people with church, starting with Sunday Schools in 1900 when they were at their peak, a view in the mid-century when they were in decline and a view from 2008 to the present. Using grounded theory and a case study method she explores the engagement of young people with Sunday schools

Anthony Mifsud

is also an encounter with truth at the heart of the Church’s mission of koinonia, which is the perfect response to these in-dwelt desires. Beyond the screen is a book that takes the reader on a dialogical journey of reflection in the present day context of teens and technology and a grounded

Coming of Age in the Reformation

Martin Luther’s Theology of Children and Adolescence

Joel Mayward

seriously the vocation of parenthood. 35 Catechists and pedagogues also practiced this strict disciplinary approach. The purpose of such physical punishment was “to awaken enough fear in the child to inspire obedience.” 36 Many of the practices encouraged would be considered abusive by present

Waste of Space or Room for Place?

A Critical Reflection on the Theology of Place Exhibited in Two Youth Ministry Placements

Leah Marie Wilson

complexities of the youth and leader relationships and who maintained control within the space. 3.2.2 Phase Two – Sticky Note Challenge The set back in the first phase led to a complete alteration of phase two, which became a “Sticky Note Challenge.” The youth group was presented with the question, “If someone

Toward Re-Enchantment of the Cosmos

Responding to Andrew Root’s Faith Formation in a Secular Age

David F. White

within the household, and by being sent into the world to minister to our neighbour. The very life of the Church is found in the giving and receiving of ministry, apart from which Jesus Christ is not present. He identifies three core dispositions—gratitude, giftedness, and rest—in conformity to Christ

Richard Rymarz

legitimising their beliefs and practices. Legitimisation occurs when strong plausibility structures, rooted in supportive communities, are present and sustained. 21 A consequence of legitimisation is that those who are highly religious derive strong affective satisfaction from their beliefs and practices

Eveliina Ojala

concentrated on comparing confirmation preparation practices and experiences in European Lutheran countries 25 and the latest national research has focused on the gender and sense of community in the rituals of confirmation preparation. 26 The research presented in this article combines these two