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Faith is a transformation, not a list of rules

Lists of dos and don’ts, even if biblically derived, are only moralistic. While they may manage behavior, they don’t lead to conversions of heart from a worldly to a spiritual orientation. “Moral development is about helping children learn how to behave,” wrote Robert J. Keeley, author of Helping Our Children Grow In Faith, while “faith development is about helping children come to know and trust God as the Lord of their lives.” In an article written for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, a site devoted to worship renewal in faith communities, Joan Huyser-Honig explores the difference between moralism and genuine faith formation and provides study questions and resources to help faith leaders and their congregations picture faith and life as so much more than lists of dos and don’ts.

Calvin institute Faith Formation: What's the trouble with moralism

 

 

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