Too old too young theology Our latest collection of essays in partnerships with the Centre for Theology and Community, Too Old, Too Young? Theology on the ambiguity of adolescence and the impact of neglect, outlines the reality for many teenagers today and provides theological grounding to authentically engage with the issues raised.

Adolescence wasn’t a recognised stage of life in the Ancient World but these essays put paid to any notion that the Bible has little to contribute on the subject. Instead they provide a rich theological reflection on how we might better care for adolescents in our community.

As the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, says in the foreword:

‘In order to deal with the practical issues around how to protect and nurture children and young people as they grow, we need a better understanding and a fuller vision of what it means to be a teenager. Furthermore, it is vital for the church to wrestle theologically with the issues of what it means to be a young person in relation to family life, community membership and participation in wider society.’

This collection invites us to be moved into exploring the ways in which we as individuals, churches and communities can respond to the need of adolescents facing neglect today.

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Introduction by Angus Ritchie and Jennifer Lau

Part one: testimony

‘Why is adolescent neglect an important issue?’ by Mike Stein

‘Neglect of adolescents at home: some new research’ by Phil Raws

‘At serious risk’ by Mo Baldwin 

Part two: theological reflection

‘Teenagers: today’s church, not (just) tomorrow’s’ by Angus Ritchie

‘Adolescence and ambiguity: why it takes time to mature’ by Rowan Williams

‘Fully adopted, fully heirs: incarnation, liberation and adoption in Galatians 4’ by Krish Kandiah

‘Did Jesus have good parents?’ by Anne Richards

Part three: responses

‘Growing together: teenagers and the common good’ by Nigel Varndell

‘How might the impact of neglect be reduced by church support for families?’ by Gail Adcock

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