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Adoption as Spiritual Praxis in Individualized Times
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Systematic Theology and Studies in World Views.
2012 (English)In: Dialog, ISSN 0012-2033, E-ISSN 1540-6385, Vol. 51, no 4, 323-329 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reflects on the motive of child adoption as a counterpart to postmodern individualization. In western culture, where ideals like freedom of choice and self-expression are almost self-evident, a theological interpretation of child adoption is presented that questions the very foundation of individualization. It is argued that adoption as spiritual praxis reminds us of our dependence on the wider community and on God. The perception of children, parents, family, and human acting are further modified by the use of the adoption motive.

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Malden MA, USA: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. Vol. 51, no 4, 323-329 p.
Keyword [en]
adoption, children, community, dependence, freedom
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Systematic Theology and Studies in Worldviews
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188523DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6385.2012.00706.xISI: 000312246700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-188523DiVA: diva2:578133
Available from: 2012-12-17 Created: 2012-12-17 Last updated: 2013-01-14Bibliographically approved

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