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The ABCs of Babies

Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"

Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.

Slide 1: A is For Awesome
Slide 2: B is for Babies
Slide 3: C is for Confusion
Slide 4: D is for Damned
Slide 5: D is for Discipline
Slide 6: F is for Faith
Slide 7: G is for God
Slide 8: I is for Infanticide
Slide 9: J is for Jail
Slide 10: O is for Organism
Slide 11: E is for Environment
Slide 12: M is for Milk
Slide 13: N is for Nursing
Slide 14: P is for Philosophical
Slide 15: R is for Remarkable
Slide 16: S is for Software
Slide 17: V is for Values
Slide 18: W is for Writer
Slide 4: D is for Damned

Slide 4: D is for Damned

Up until the modern era, in the Christian world babies were viewed as the bearers of “original sin”—hence the rush to baptize them soon after birth. Like others of his time, St. Augustine (354-430), saw babies as innately ungodly. “The innocence of children, is in the helplessness of their bodies, rather than any quality of soul,” he writes. The infant’s animal spirit was a dangerous thing, according to St. Augustine: “Who does not know of the ignorance of the truth (manifest in babies), of the excess of vain desire (apparent in children), man enters this life? If he is allowed to live as he wishes … he will fall into all kinds of crime and atrocities.”