Review Of Willemer And White, “Entry Point: Towards Child Theology With Matthew 18” -- By: Noel Woodbridge

Journal: Conspectus
Volume: CONSPECTUS 17:1 (Mar 2014)
Article: Review Of Willemer And White, “Entry Point: Towards Child Theology With Matthew 18”
Author: Noel Woodbridge


Review Of Willemer And White, “Entry Point: Towards Child Theology With Matthew 18”

Noel Woodbridge1

Willmer H and White KJ 2013. Entry Point: Towards Child Theology with Matthew 18. Mill Grove: WTL Publications. 

Introduction To The Author

WTL Publications (2013) provide the following information about the authors of the book, Haddon Willmer and Keith White:

Haddon Willmer (Emeritus Professor of Theology at Leeds University) grew up in Free Church evangelicalism and had a good liberal education in Brockenhurst and Cambridge, studying history and theology. He taught in the University of Leeds for 32 years and is Emeritus Professor of Theology. He is a jack of too many theological trades to be the master of any, working spasmodically on Barth and Bonhoeffer, politics and forgiveness, Bible and preaching, and mission in Leeds and wider afield. Since retiring, he has supervised thirteen doctoral students at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He is an active trustee of Pace (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) and of the Child Theology Movement. He is married to Hilary, a Christian social activist, and together they have three children, seven grand-daughters and one grandson.

Keith J White and his wife, Ruth, live at Mill Grove, a Christian residential community that has been caring for children and young people in the East End of London UK since 1899. He is an Associate Lecturer at Spurgeons College, and a member of the faculty of the Asian Graduate School of Theology. As the founder and chair of the Child Theology Movement he has contributed to conferences and symposia around the world. Among the books he has written or edited are A Place for Us, Caring for Deprived Children, Re-Framing Children’s Services, Children and Social Exclusion, The Changing Face of Child Care, The Growth of Love, Reflections on Living with Children, Introducing Child Theology, and Childhoods in Cultural Contexts.

2. Summary Of The Book

The book is ‘the outcome of a sustained conversation on the text of Matthew 18:1-14’ (p. 1). The passage ‘provides the overall framework’ (p. 15) for the exploration Towards Child Theology with Matthew 18. Besides the Introduction and Conclusion, the book is divided into seven chapters. The content of these chapters can be summarised as follows:

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