Drawing from a four-decade study of 350 families, authors Vern Bengston and Norella Putney and Susan Harris, professors of the University of Southern California, show how faith is passed on from generation to generation in their tome of 267 pages, Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down Across Generations.
Parental influence is a considerable factor in children embracing the faith demonstrated in the family early on in the life of children.
Family and faith is deeply entwined, beyond a cultural assumption that it is solely an individual choice.
Strengthening the bonds of one may enhance the continuity of the other.
The millennial generation is largely influenced by parents who practiced no faith in the family.
This book merits a close read by pastors, and, others.