Quotable: should we give up on ‘passing on faith’?


I found this David Csinos quote on Brian McLaren’s blog (my two favourite authors in one place!!)

What if, instead of passing on the faith, we encouraged our children to play with the faith that God has given to them in order to love it into greater vitality? What if we cultivated in young people a spirit of creativity, love, and responsibility with which they can explore and express their faith in ways that are all their own? What if faith became alive in the same way in which the Skin Horse became real in The Velveteen Rabbit—through hours and hours of creative and loving play. Sure, in the end our children’s faith could end up looking nothing like we imagined it would—it may be stained and broken. It may have spots that are worn and places where patches cover over tears in the fabric of faith. And sometimes, as the Skin Horse admits, it will even hurt. A child’s faith may not be beautiful to anyone except the child who possesses it. But it will be alive and it will be real.

Read the rest of Dave Csinos’ thought provoking article here
And have a look at Brian McLaren’s blog over here

One thought on “Quotable: should we give up on ‘passing on faith’?

  1. Thanks for the heads up on this!

    Mary Hawes
    National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser
    Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ
    020 7898 1504

    Visit Going for Growth for resources and support for ministry amongst children and young people.
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