Fathering, Faith, and Spirituality
fatherhood, children, family, religion
Many current social and cultural forces discourage father involvement with children. An important, but usually overlooked, positive influence on men and fathering is religion. This article presents some of the findings of the scant social science literature on fathering and religion; discusses the ways that religion encourages and supports responsible, involved fathering; touches on some of the similarities between the men's movement and religion; and addresses some of the concerns expressed about religion and fathering, including possible negative effects of religion, different forms of spirituality, and religion and gender roles. I argue that future scholarship and practice may well show that religion (i.e., a covenant faith community with teachings and narratives that enhance spirituality and encourage morality) is the most powerful, meaningful, and sustained influence for encouraging men to be fully involved in children's lives.
Original Publication Citation
Dollahite, D. C. (Guest Editor). (1998). Special Issue of Journal of Men’s Studies on “Fathering, Faith, and Spirituality.” Volume 7(1), [164 pp.].
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dollahite, David C., "Fathering, Faith, and Spirituality" (1998). Faculty Publications. 5018.
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