Great Stuff Found on the Web — Fathers

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.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


Great Stuff Found on the Web — Fathers — 3 Comments

  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. 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

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