Religious Singles' Group Index
By Richard Bruce BA, MA, and PhC in Economics
Former Instructor St. John's University, New York City

Father's Determine Church Attendance of Adult Children

A poem my William Ross Wallace famously said, "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." Perhaps, but several studies show that fathers have far more influence over adult church attendance than mothers. A study done in Switzerland suggests that the influence of the mother is very weak, but actually negative. The more devout the mother, the less devout the children were as adults. Two American studies found that the mothers influence was relatively weak compared to the father, but positive. Devout mothers were more likely to have devout children. Here is a link to a section of a Wikipedia article which which covers the studies on the influence of mothers and fathers on adult church attendance. The main message to take from this is whether the mother's influnece is weakly positive or negative, it is weak.

What these studies seem to suggest is that a woman who wants her children to be devout Christians or followers of any religion should marry a devout man from that religion. If you marry that exciting non-believer and think that you can raise your children to believe, you are kidding yourself. Of course, if you can succeed in converting him and he becomes very devout then you may still raise devout children.

The Bible and the Catholic Church are united in teaching that both sexes should seek out a devout marriage partner. These studies reinforce the point for women.

But how should you find that devout marriage partner? My parents met in a church singles group. The group was not only very effective in pairing people off, the divorce rate among those who met in the group was incredibly low. Other church singles groups from many denominations also report very few divorces. So church singles groups can reduce the chance of divorce, and allow you to find that devout man that will help you raise devout children. Not just children who will be devout as children, but devout once they are adults.


More of my web pages on religious singles' groups

Inspired by the success of my parent's church singles' group I have written a number of other pages on religious singles' groups.

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