A growing percentage of the world’s population is children under age 25. Children are aborted, abused and abandoned. They are undervalued and often despised. The thing that is most obvious is the behavior of adults, parents and societies toward children. But what is the underlying cause of this abuse and neglect? The roots are found at a cultural level where children are seen as a burden and are not valued by a society. These attitudes are being driven by secular and pagan ideologies. To begin to restore the dignity of children will require a Biblical understanding of the child. Dr. Elizabeth Youmans has begun such a process in this excellent paper.