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The Best Love of the Child
Being Loved and Being Taught to Love as the First Human Right
PAPERBACK; Published: 4/29/2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6539-7
416 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6x9
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Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion (EUSLR)

"The best we can do for our children is to give them every opportunity to discover the joy and nobility that love brings to a life."
Stephen G. Post (from preface)

Much has been written about the rights owed to children: the right to live, the right to be nurtured and cared for, the right to an ample measure of health and happiness -- and, especially, the right to be loved. In this volume twenty scholars from across sociological, psychological, historical, philosophical, theological, and legal disciplines argue that the right of children to be loved can best be fulfilled by teaching them how to love others.

Celebrating the critical roles played by family, religion, and community in protecting and developing the child's emerging personhood, The Best Love of the Child fosters a more nuanced understanding of that which is truly at the heart of a child's best interest -- love that flows freely both to and from children.

Contributors:
  • Peter L. Benson
  • Margaret F. Brinig
  • Don S. Browninga
  • Michael J. Broyde
  • Marcia J. Bunge
  • Robyn Fivush
  • T. Jeremy Gunn
  • Timothy P. Jackson
  • Heather M. Johnson
  • Rana R. Lehr-Lehnardt
  • Annette Mahoney
  • Steven L. Nocka
  • Richard R. Osmer
  • Steven Ozment
  • Kenneth L. Pargament
  • Stephen G. Post
  • Charles J. Reid Jr.
  • Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
  • Cynthia Willett
  • John Witte Jr.
REVIEWS
M. Cathleen Kaveny
— University of Notre Dame
"Is there a right to love? This provocative volume maintains that the first right of children everywhere is to be loved and to be encouraged to love in return. Without disparaging the fruits of the 'children's rights' movement of the twentieth century, it argues that a steady focus on loving familial relationships, in the context of supportive communities of worship, is the best way to protect those rights. This is not a sentimental assertion; these distinguished authors bring rigorous insights from the social sciences, history, philosophy, theology, and law to bear in making their case."
John Witte Jr.
— (from foreword)
"This volume draws judiciously and expertly from a variety of disciplines to provide a kaleidoscopic tour of what truly is the best love of the child."

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