Chalk one up for Christian values!
One of my biggest pet-peeves is the humanist/atheist perspective that says that ‘religion’ is the cause of some of the biggest problems that our world faces today. I believe that this is a gross misrepresentation of the Church, and is based on the actions of a small percentage of religious extremists that stray quite a bit from the truth that their faith teaches (regardless of the religion).
So, in defense of Christian worldview I wanted to share the results of a recent study that shows that (1) an ‘intact’ marriage and (2) religious participation results in fewer developmental problemsin school-aged children. Yup, you’ve read that right! A child that grows up in an actively Christian home where the parents are not divorced is a child that is better off. Hooray for Christian marriage! Let me even quote directly from the report on the study…
An intact two-parent family and regular church attendance are each associated with fewer problem behaviors, more positive social development, and fewer parental concerns about the child’s learning and achievement. Taken together, the two home-environment factors have an additive relationship with child well-being. That is, children who live in an intact family and attend religious services regularly generally come out best on child development measures, while children who do neither come out worst.
— Nicholas Zill, Ph.D. and Philip Fletcher, Ph.D.
The study even notes that the differences hold up after controlling for family income and poverty, low parent education levels, and race and ethnicity. In other words other environmental factors didn’t matter. While the study does not differentiate between the types of religious participation (Christian church, Jewish synagogue, or Muslim mosque), it does clearly illustrate how important religious values are to the social and moral upbringing of children.
Amen to that!
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