Adoption as Spiritual Praxis in Individualized Times
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals and Dialog, Inc.
Volume 51, Issue 4, pages 323–329, December 2012
How to Cite
Westerlund, K. (2012), Adoption as Spiritual Praxis in Individualized Times. Dialog, 51: 323–329. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6385.2012.00706.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Abstract: This article reflects on the motive of child adoption as a counterpart to postmodern individualization. In western culture, where ideals like freedom of choice and self-expression are almost self-evident, a theological interpretation of child adoption is presented that questions the very foundation of individualization. It is argued that adoption as spiritual praxis reminds us of our dependence on the wider community and on God. The perception of children, parents, family, and human acting are further modified by the use of the adoption motive.