Variable Religious Responsibility

The is no reason for serious dispute about which parent is more responsible for the religious upbringing of children, for it will vary from family to family. Seldom do both parents share equal commitment to their religious beliefs. Generally it is the parent who has the stronger religious convictions who is going to be more concerned with the children’s religious upbringing and who will oversee their religious education.  Where this process gets complicated is when the parents themselves were raised in different faiths or distinct denominations. But even in that situation it is usually the parent with the stronger religious convictions who prevails with regard to their children’s education. My experience with UNR undergraduates is that usually no more than a third of any given class consider themselves theist, whereas most of the rest of the students were raised in homes where neither parent is religiously observant.

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