Mormon studies, family, religion, book review
Over the past hundred years, social scientists have tended to take one of three approaches with respect to the topic of religion. Approach 1 typically pathologizes and intellectually scorns religious beliefs, practices, and faith communities, although there are now hundreds of empirical studies that link religious involvement with increased mental health, relational health, physical health, and longevity. Approach 2 politely ignores, minimizes, or marginalizes religion. Approach 3 engages in actively studying religion but typically with a cold, arms-length, agnostic-like feel. For nearly thirty years, sociologist Vern Bengtson, the author of Families and Faith,3 practiced this third approach.
Marks, Loren D.
"Transmitting Religion: A Look at Vern L. Bengtson's Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down across Generations,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 55
, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol55/iss4/11