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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 7: G is for God

Slide 7: G is for God

With the coming of the Enlightenment in the 18th century, the idea of the innocent baby came to the fore—at least among more enlightened folks. And in the 19th century babies began to be viewed as adorable creatures—little angels. A writer in Christian Disciple magazine on Aug. 2, 1814, wrote, “I ask … if children were demons fit for hell, would God have given them that attractive sweetness, that mild beauty which renders them the most interesting objects on earth, and which compels us to shrink with horror form the thought of their everlasting ruin.” After birth it is up to the parents—mostly the mother—to shape the child. They, in effect, take on the role previously held by God. Eliza Warren, in her 1865 book, How I Managed my Children from Infancy to Marriage, writes, “Narrow indeed is the path which a mother must walk—not making her child an idol to be worshipped, or a toy of caprice. Sober, orderly, and in the love of her Maker must she journey, knowing that she holds in her hand and cherishes in her breast an immortal spirit … that she has created either a follower of Christ or a companion of fiends.” But babies have not always been viewed as precious objects.