Title

The Religion and Family Connection: Increasing Dialogue in the Social Sciences

Keywords

Religion, family, Social Sciences

Abstract

In October 1984 the National Council of Family Relations began a new section on religion. The group of NCFR members committed to furthering the cause of the study of religion and the family met to elect officers and chart their course. The group was told that it was an auspicious moment. First, the future looked bright because the recent interest in the religion and family connection was part of a larger movement within the social sciences of focusing on things religious. Second, the current postpositivist era in the social sciences probably would generate fewer dogmatic statements than had occurred earlier in the sometimes heated dialogue between science and religion. Third, the coming together of researchers, theorists, theologians, and practitioners concerned with the religion and family interface had the potential of producing significant payoffs in society's larger effort to understand the human condition (Thomas and Sommerfeldt, 1984).

Original Publication Citation

"The Religion and Family Connection: Increasing Dialogue in the Social Sciences," Journal of Marriage and the Family 47 (May):369-379 (with G. Henry).

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1985

Publisher

Journal of Marriage and the Family

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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