Religious Parenting:Transmitting Faith and Values in Contemporary America, 1st Edition

  • Christian Smith University of North Carolina
  • Bridget Ritz
  • Michael Rotolo
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  • ISBN-10: 0691197822
  • ISBN-13: 9780691197821
  • DDC: 204
  • 304 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title describes how American parents approach the task of passing on religious faith, beliefs, values, and practice to their children, at a time of overall decline in traditional religion and increased interest in personal spirituality. Parents are the most important influence on their children’s religious lives, yet they have been virtually ignored in previous work on religious socialization. Parents view it as their job, not religious professionals’, to ground their children in life-enhancing religious values that provide resilience, morality, and sense of purpose. The authors explore American parents’ strategies, experiences, beliefs, and anxieties regarding religious transmission through hundreds of in-depth interviews that span religious traditions, social classes, and family types around the country. Looking extensively at questions of religious practice and childrearing, this volume uncovers parents’ real-life challenges while breaking innovative theoretical ground.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Religious Parenting.
1: The Purpose and Nature of Life.
2: Religion's Value and Truth.
3: Children, Parenting, and Family.
4: The Whys and Hows of Religious Transmission.
5: Theorizing Cultural Models.
Appendix: Research Methodology.
A Note on the Type.