Chapter

Introduction

Vigen Guroian

in Tending the Heart of Virtue

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152647
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152647.003.0001
Introduction

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Children are not pure innocents, as every new parent quickly learns. They are vitally concerned with distinguishing good from evil and truth from falsehood. Children need guidance and more road maps and they benefit immensely from the example of adults who speak truthfully and act form moral strength. This chapter is concerned with children's upbringing, issues of moral guidance, the problems society is faced with in terms of morality, and the role of moral stories in this regard. C. S. Lewis's little book entitled The Abolition of Man discusses forces that starve the moral imagination and replace it with utilitarian rationality. It warns of a philosophy of education and childrearing that undermines confidence in moral certitudes and substitutes the dogma that morality is relative to individual desire and cultural context.

Keywords: children; upbringing; moral guidance; moral stories; childrearing; morality

Chapter.  4196 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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