American Religions and the Family: How Faith Traditions Cope by Don S. Browning, David A. Clairmont

By Don S. Browning, David A. Clairmont

Religions reply to capitalism, democracy, industrialization, feminism, individualism, and the phenomenon of globalization in various methods. a few religions comply with those demanding situations, if no longer capitulate to them; a few critique or face up to them, and a few paintings to rework the fashionable societies they inhabit.

In this distinctive number of severe essays, students of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and local American inspiration discover the stress among modernization and the kin, sexuality, and marriage traditions of significant religions in the US. participants research how numerous trust structures have faced altering attitudes in regards to the that means and objective of intercourse, the definition of marriage, the accountability of fathers, and the prestige of youngsters. in addition they talk about how kinfolk legislation in the United States is commencing to recognize convinced non secular traditions and the way comparative spiritual ethics can clarify and review assorted kinfolk customs.

Studies about the influence of non secular inspiration and behaviour on American society have by no means been extra well timed or very important. contemporary worldwide occasions can't be totally understood with out comprehending how trust platforms functionality and the numerous methods they are often hired to the ease and detriment of societies. Responding to this severe desire, American Religions and the Family provides a entire portrait of spiritual cultures in the US and provides secular society a pathway for appreciating non secular tradition.

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38 To summarize the conservative critique coming from many new immigrant religious groups, America has abandoned its original moral compass, and dissolute Americans today give in to passions and proclivities fueled by modern ideologies such as individualism, feminism, secularism, and materialism, with destructive consequences to the family. The litany is long, the effects on the traditional family disturbing to the critics—high divorce rates, sexual promiscuity, extramarital affairs, pornography and a general preoccupation with sex in popular culture, homosexuality, nontraditional gender roles, intergenerational tensions, neglect of family duties, substance abuse, crime, and violence.

For instance, the collapse of popular support in the 1970s for religion-based prohibitions of premarital sex, which weakened the institution of marriage by permitting sex outside marriage, is one indication of the cultural changes associated with family modernization. Larry Bumpass’s 1990 presidential address to the Population Association of America is indicative of the way in which scholarly proponents of the family modernization perspective view the current state and future trajectory of American family life: “Family relationships occupy an important but ever shrinking 38 w .

Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, and 14 in Ebaugh and Chafetz, Religion and the New Immigrants. Only one of the eight chapters on Christian churches in Ebaugh and Chafetz is silent on the topic. 12. Fenggang Yang, Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999), 113–14. 13. , 147–56. 32 pau l d. n u m r i c h 14. Kwang Chung Kim and Shin Kim, “The Ethnic Roles of Korean Immigrant Churches in the United States,” in Ho-Youn Kwon, Kwang Chung Kim, and R.

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