According to the Nationwide Study on Faith and Relationships, conducted by Communio, absent fathers, and collapsed marriages served as two major factors in the decline of Christianity in the United States. The study analyzed responses from 9,000 Sunday church attendees in 13 states belonging to 112 Evangelical, Protestant and Catholic congregations. The results revealed that Christians who regularly attend church were more likely to have their fathers as part of their lives, and also, 80% of Sunday churchgoers grew up in families where both biological parents were present during their childhood. The study also revealed a significant finding that boys who were raised in households with married parents are notably more inclined to attend church regularly in their adult years.
Christian Headlines reports:
According to Communio’s Nationwide Study on Faith and Relationships, absent fathers and collapsed marriages are two major reasons Christianity is declining in the United States.
The study considered the responses of 9,000 Sunday church attendees from 112 Evangelical, Protestant and Catholic congregations in 13 states. It found that regular church attendees were more likely to have fathers in their lives, and 80 percent of Sunday churchgoers were raised in homes where both biological parents were present during their childhood.
The study also found that “boys who grew up in homes with married parents are considerably more likely to attend church regularly as adults.”
Communio President J.P. DeGance, who assisted in the study, noted that it isn’t the lack of ministry outreach driving young people away from the Church.
“We’ve never spent more money in the history of the church to transmit our faith to our young people, and yet they’re falling away at higher and higher numbers,” DeGance told The Christian Post.
“The reason for the decline in faith is unpacked in the study; that the absence of a married home where dad is warmly engaged in the life of his child is the cause of the fire that is the source of the reason less and less people believe,” he continued.
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