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by Norella M. Putney,Susan Harris,Vern L. Bengtson

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ISBN: 0199948658
Author: Norella M. Putney,Susan Harris,Vern L. Bengtson
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1ST edition (2013)
Pages: 267
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
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Sam Harris and other writers of the New Atheists ilk seem to have two primary theses. Now comes a new book by Vern L. Bengtson and his colleagues, Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down Across Generations

Sam Harris and other writers of the New Atheists ilk seem to have two primary theses. First is that religions, when viewed broadly, have a pernicious influence on the human condition and should be dispensed with. The second is that humans have the capacity to rise above their supernatural myths and their own raging emotions, and to actually be rational. Bengtson and his colleagues, Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down Across Generations.

How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? How do some families succeed in passing on their faith while others do not? . Vern L. Bengtson with Norella M. Putney and Susan C. Harris. 3. 3 Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? How do some families succeed in passing on their faith while others do not? Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations seeks to answer these questions and many more. For almost four decades, Vern Bengtson and his colleagues have been conducting the largest-ever study of religion and family across generations.

Harris Alana, Faith in the Family: A Lived Religious History of English Catholicism, 1945–82, Manchester University Press.

Faith is the resolve to place the highest meaning on the facts which we observe sure stepping-stone, for while the writing of the two novelists - close friends for many years - is immeasurably different, both are dedicated to exalted themes, to that higher purpose Huxley called ‘the nobler hypothesis’. Harris Alana, Faith in the Family: A Lived Religious History of English Catholicism, 1945–82, Manchester University Press, 2013, pp. ix + 310, £6. 0, ISBN: 978-0-7190-8574-1 - Volume 32 Issue 2 - C. Margaret Hall.

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Many families face difficulties in maintaining healthy relationships. Yet there exists little information on the methods through which religious and/or spiritual beliefs are passed on to future generations.

How Religion is Passed Down across Generations. Bengtson, With Norella M. Putney, and Susan Harris. Draws on an unprecedented amount of data collected over more than forty years from over 2400 individuals. How Religion is Passed Down across Generations. Winner of the Distinguished Book Award from American Sociology Association Sociology of Religion Section Winner of the Richard Kalish Best Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America.

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How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? Why do some families maintain one faith while .

How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? Why do some families maintain one faith while others do t? What factors are likely to push people away from their childhood faith? . Does atheism get passed down as well? In Families and Faith, Vern Bengtson seeks to answer these questions and more by drawing on an extraordinary study, conducted over more than four decades, of more than 350 families composed of more than 2400 people whose lives span more than a century: the oldest was born in 1881, the youngest in 1988.

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The book is the result of a 35-year longitudi-nal study, involving over 3,500 participants across four generations, which took place from 1970 to 2005. Generations differ in their perceptions of God and spirituality.

AT: And how did your book Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down Across Generations evolve out of the study? VB: In 2004, the Templeton Foundation gave us th. .

Our study involved looking at data from more than 350 threegeneration s, parents, grandchildren-who we surveyed from 1970 to 2005, across 35 years. Over time, we had also picked up the great grandchildren from the same 350 families.

Winner of the Distinguished Book Award from American Sociology Association Sociology of Religion SectionWinner of the Richard Kalish Best Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of AmericaFew things are more likely to cause heartache to devout parents than seeing their child leave the faith. And it seems, from media portrayals, that this is happening more and more frequently. But is religious change between generations common? How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? How do some families succeed in passing on their faith while others do not? Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations seeks to answer these questions and many more. For almost four decades, Vern Bengtson and his colleagues have been conducting the largest-ever study of religion and family across generations. Through war and social upheaval, depression and technological revolution, they have followed more than 350 families composed of more than 3,500 individuals whose lives span more than a century--the oldest was born in 1881, the youngest in 1988--to find out how religion is, or is not, passed down from one generation to the next. What they found may come as a surprise: despite enormous changes in American society, a child is actually more likely to remain within the fold than leave it, and even the nonreligious are more likely to follow their parents' example than to rebel. And while outside forces do play a role, the crucial factor in whether a child keeps the faith is the presence of a strong fatherly bond. Mixing unprecedented data with gripping interviews and sharp analysis, Families and Faith offers a fascinating exploration of what allows a family to pass on its most deeply-held tradition--its faith.

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Sam Harris and other writers of the New Atheists ilk seem to have two primary theses. First is that religions, when viewed broadly, have a pernicious influence on the human condition and should be dispensed with. The second is that humans have the capacity to rise above their supernatural myths and their own raging emotions, and to actually be rational. Readers should understand that this reviewer tends to share the first thesis but is not overly optimistic about the second.

Although proto-humans had been around for a very long time, the species Homo sapiens did not arise until about 200,000 years ago. We humans didn’t get out of Africa for maybe half of that time. Only after dispersion and the development of various languages and rudimentary cultures were organized religions and identifiable deities invented. These religions must have served some useful functions for primitive man. All around the planet, the various religions have persisted for some thousands of years, in spite of observable reality.

Thus it seems an interesting question: Will religions persist in the future? In most of the western world, the “nones” category of religion is growing at a rapid rate. Indeed, large numbers of westerners are beginning to view religious indoctrination between generations as something akin to child abuse. Maybe we humans are slowly outgrowing religion. Trends in the Islamic world would seem to refute that notion.

Now comes a new book by Vern L. Bengtson and his colleagues, Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down Across Generations. He is reporting on a career’s worth of inter-generational research and it makes an interesting read about the psycho-social mechanisms.

Bengtson is refreshingly candid in acknowledging the influence of his personal history on interpreting the data from his longitudinal studies. During graduate school he escaped from his fundamentalist Christian family tradition and, over a long academic career at USC, produced a credible body of research on how religious myths are perpetrated along succeeding generations. In his old age, however, he has now slid back into the womb of a church and finds it very reassuring. At the end, maybe we will all grasp at straws.

One can always be skeptical about the qualitative data presented by social scientists and many of the grand inferences that they draw from small and obviously biased samples. His subjects were all from a selected cut of just the US [and heavily from Southern California] and were clearly weighted towards those families in which multiple generations were available for interviewing. Even with these [and other] limitations, the author paints a quite believable picture of how the mechanism works. It is not a pretty picture despite the incisive writing and the obvious enthusiasm for it by the author.

Not surprisingly, it seems that success in passing religious myths between generations is highly dependent on the character of parental behavior. Parents, especially fathers, who are warm and supportive of their children tend to end up with offsprings that believe the same myths that they espouse. Those that are cold and distant [or who observably behave at odds with their own religious tenets] do not.

Rather surprisingly, the role played by the grandparents seems to be more important than might be expected. The research seems to suggest that the operating methods are the same, however.

Although the authors would likely deny it, they have essentially written a “How To” book. If the reader is a parent [or a minister counseling a parent] who wants to successfully impose a certain brand of foolishness on the succeeding generation, here are the mechanisms that will work. And, perhaps more importantly, the mechanisms that will not.

This reviewer has often said, “Beware of good writers.” A smooth and seemingly useful presentation, that avoids the fundamental question at issue, is a dangerous piece. That is the case with this book.
Gardall
Families and Faith a Book of Answers and Hope

There is a great deal of concern—bordering on fear—in congregations across America. From leaders to laity, people are concerned about declining attendance figures. People of all ages, but especially the young people, are dropping out of the church.

In response to this dilemma books have been written, seminars created and webinars transmitted, all of them claim to have identified the problems and possible solutions. Some claim the millennials don’t like the antiquated beliefs of several Christian groups and these groups need to modernize their beliefs. New styles of architecture need to be used that are more appealing to those outside the church. The liturgy is dead and contemporary worship is needed, claim a few, while at the same time others claim that the young people like the liturgy and are getting tired of the contemporary. All of the presentations bemoan the decline of the family and the families influence on the faith of the young.

Into such a milieu comes the book Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations, by Vern L Bengtson. Where most books and seminars have been based on conjecture, Bengtson’s book is based on thirty-five years of research. That research identified some failings of families, uncovered some fallacies about families and discovered some reasons within families to hope. It is a book that is both realistic and positive in its outlook.

The research is wide-ranging. It not only covers thirty-five years, but it is done with families of various religious (and non-religious) traditions, different nationalities, different sizes and different levels of income. This is a major sociological project. The book contains so much information that it is not an easy read, but Bengtson does a masterful job of condensing the information to make it palatable for the general public and illustrating it with family stories. Congregations and Christian leaders should be able to take the information they glean from this book and apply it as they develop ministries for families and young people.

I have no hesitation is heartily recommending this book. It has the possibility of being a life changer for congregations and for the families in those congregations.
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Of interest to religious families, religious leaders (priests, rabbis, ministers, etc.) and sociologists, this book is a longitudinal study of the transmission of specific religious faith or lack of it over generations. The book ends with a summary of practical suggestions throughout the book. Readers should be aware that this book is a sociological qualitative study, in standard academic format. It is not a "fun" read although it is interesting and illuminating.

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