Title

Transmitting religion: A look at Vern L. Bengtson’s Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down across Generations

Keywords

book review, family, faith, religion, generations, heritage

Abstract

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 pathologies 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, practiced this third approach.

Original Publication Citation

Marks, L. D. (2016). Transmitting religion: A look at Vern L. Bengtson’s Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down across Generations. BYU Studies Quarterly, 55, 160-171.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

BYU Studies Quarterly

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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