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Study: Fathers are largest determiner in children's faith

June 16, 2012
source: Religion Today

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MR says: The study was completed in 2000, so it's a little old, but it was a large study with interesting findings - children are most influenced by their father's example when it comes to matters of faith.

I am afraid that our culture in general has reduced the role of fatherhood (along with marriage itself) to something nonessential or unnecessary. Even many men today regard parenting as being primarily the mother’s role and no longer associated with masculinity or real manhood, especially when it comes to spiritual formation.

Instead, many have succumbed to modern caricatures — encouraged by feminist psychology — and the primitive role of hunter-gatherer, and thus assume that this is their main contribution to the family. As a result too many men, including professing Christian men, express their role as father exclusively in terms of financial provider. The fact is children are not looking for financial provision; they are looking for love, guidance, and a role model for what it means to be a man.

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