Monday, June 20, 2005
Fathers and Church effects
What happens if the father is regular but the mother irregular or non-practicing? Extraordinarily, the percentage of children becoming regular goes up from 33 percent to 38 percent with the irregular mother and to 44 percent with the non-practicing, as if loyalty to father's commitment grows in proportion to mother's laxity, indifference, or hostility.So the message is, for those families with a mother and a father, if you dad's attend church regularly, you need to make your wife stop attending church! For the children's sake, of course. (GRIN) Seriously, the difference between 33% and 44% is 1/3 (33% better chance your children will remain regular attenders if the mother was a non-attender).
As Queen of Carrots sugggests, I also think that lower percentage is accounted for passive or unwilling regular attending fathers.