Will Our Faith Have Children?

Walter Brueggemann

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1983

Issue: The Old Testament and the New (Vol. 3, No 3, Summer, 1983)

I want to consider the claims of evangelical faith around the biblical metaphor of children. In 1976 John Westerhoff asked, Will Our Children Have Faith? By this he meant, Will we transmit our faith to the next generation?—undoubtedly an important and serious question. My title plays on that theme and seeks to turn it around: Will our faith have children? Such a theme might mean with Westerhoff, Will there be a next generation which still believes? Or it might cut below that to ask, Will there be a next generation at all?

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