This timely book, by one of the world's leading theologians in this field, makes a positive theological contribution to present intellectual and practical discussions about families and children. * Explores the intellectual and practical debates about the changing nature of family forms, roles and relationships, and how Christian faith and theology can contribute to the thriving of families and children. * Considers the causes and consequences of changes to families over recent decades. * Utilizes the theological resources that are best equipped to deal with these changes and to shape ethical teaching, ethical practice, moral judgements, and public policies. * Develops family-friendly readings of scripture, tradition and doctrine, and moves forward theological treatment of marriage, gender and children.