What We Have Learned and How It Might Be Useful
The thirty-five-year study of families and faith reported in this book has shown that there is something persistent about religiosity that seems to “stick around” families over generations. This reflects “intergenerational religious momentum,” which is highly valued by devout parents and by religious communities. But how can such momentum be established and maintained? While churches, pastors, priests, and rabbis have a strong investment in maintaining intergenerational religious momentum, the programs in most churches are not geared toward helping families to do this. A theory is presented of the factors that influence the religious development of young adults—specifically, what enhances or hinders intergenerational religious momentum—and a list of suggestions presented for families, pastors, priests, rabbis, and all those who wish to encourage the younger generation to follow them in faith.
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