Revista de Teologia 10 (18):233-247 (2016)

This article will reflect on the practice of prayer during childhood and the relationship between this practice and child development. Through bibliographic review, the concepts about child development and prayer life as an expression of infant religiosity are briefly analyzed, from a Christian perspective. This article will reveal how the act of praying can be considered a natural practice in childhood, and beneficial to the processes like language acquisition and faith development. This discussion has some intersections with "narrative theology" and the "theology of the child", concepts that have attracted growing interest of theological and pedagogical researches.
Keywords Children's religiousness  Prayer  Teologia das crianças  Desenvolvimento infantil  Religiosidade infantil  Child development  Narrative theology  Child theology  Teologia narrativa  Oração
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