Faith Traditions and the Family

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Phyllis D. Airhart, Margaret Lamberts Bendroth
Westminster John Knox Press, 1996 - Religion - 172 pages
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Family life since World War II has undergone dramatic changes. Cultural shifts emphasizing personal needs and fulfillment have transformed traditional understandings of marriage and divorce, gender equality, and sexual behavior, resulting in a marked increase in single-parent homes, dual-income couples, and divorced and blended families.
In this book, contributors who represent diverse religious traditions in North America show how their respective traditions have responded to changes in the family in the last half century. Exploring the broad range of responses in their traditions - from conservative to progressive - they reflect on the roles that theology, scripture, and the social sciences have had in this transformation. Further, they take a realistic look at the influence of mainstream religion and its role in future discussions of family life.
This exploration offers readers fresh and broad ranges of ways to evaluate their own religious traditions when dealing with issues related to the future of the family.
Religious traditions discussed are Southern Baptist, Mormon, Mennonite, Roman Catholic, African Methodist Episcopal, Methodist, Jewish, Presbyterian, United Church of Canada, Episcopal, and ecumenical and interdenominational.
 

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Contents

Churches and Families
1
Family as Witness of Grace
8
Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth
22
Family Life as Christian Community
38
Family Unity and Diversity within
53
Nurturing a Sense
73
Tis Grace Will Lead Us Home
85
Families of Tradition
100
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Phyllis D. Airhart is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she has taught since 1985. In 2002, she received the United Church of Canada's Davidson Trust Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship in theological education. She is the author or editor of several books.

Margaret Lamberts Bendroth is Executive Director and Librarian for The Congregational Library in Boston, Massachussetts. She is the author of several books, including Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present and Fundamentalists and the City: Conflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885 to 1950 , and has edited several other volumes.

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