Great Stuff Found on the Web — Fathers

January 8th, 2011 Post by

This was referred to me by one of BJS’ commenters:



Fathers are now the down trodden of society. In many commercials and TV shows the father is the bumbling irresponsible fool. Watch an episode of Family Guy or even Everybody Loves Raymond. I am clearly told by society that my role of father is totally unnecessary. Society does not value fathers and honestly many fathers do not value their role as father and treat their children as afterthoughts.

This has become the case even in church. It seems that a major factor of children not attending church into adulthood is that many fathers do not attend church with their families. Check out this article from Cranach: The Blog of Veith. It really illustrates this problem well. Even if the study involved is not an American study, many fathers in these post-modern times are neglecting their duties.

Andrew, at When I say Run, Run!


A few quotes from the Cranach article:

This has been out for awhile, but I just came across it in the course of some research. Basically, if fathers go to church, their children will when they grow up. If fathers don’t, even if the mothers do, the children won’t.

Yes, this is a study of Switzerland, which has many cultural differences from the United States. In Europe, women have been taking the lead in church-going, and this may explain the relatively sudden secularization of that once-Christian continent. The study is from 1994. Still, the results are fascinating.

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  1. mames
    January 8th, 2011 at 13:23 | #1

    Another reversal of the created order, like homosexuality and female ordination everything is turned upside down. It is no mystery why the European “church” is so weak. They followed the road many here are following but started 50 years ahead of us. In so many ways we can see where we are headed by watching the soulless Europe and East.

  2. Our God Reigns
    January 27th, 2011 at 17:32 | #2

    I have watched some of the young fathers in our very liturgical church and they are showing up in very casual dress, never open their hymnals and look as though they can’t wait to get to their next activity which is surely setting the worst possible example for their kids. My conclusion over the years has been that these fathers need to grow up themselves. I fear we have become a nation of parents who enjoyed making the children but don’t like the burden and responsibility of raising them in the fear of the Lord. Too hard. boo hoo

  3. February 4th, 2011 at 23:48 | #3

    @Our God Reigns #2
    I would agree with your statement. Many of my friends would rather ditch their families in search of their own pleasures and Jesus never even makes it to the party.

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