Faith Traditions and the Family

Airhart, Phyllis D. and Margaret Lamberts Bendroth, eds. Faith Traditions and the Family. The Family, Religion and Culture. Don S. Browning and Ian S. Evison, series eds. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1996.

Faith Traditions and the Family explores the role of religious denominations in the meaning and future of the family in North American society. Historians, sociologists, ethicists, ministers and lay people write chapters within their own faith traditions looking at the histories, doctrines and policies of these traditions related to a variety of family issues. Ten denomination are represented, along with two ecumenical and interdenominational organizations. These bodies include: Southern Baptist, Latter-Day Saints, Mennonites, Catholic, African Methodist Episcopal, Methodist, American Jewry, Presbyterian, United Church of Canada, Episcopal, and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA (NCCC). <p> Editors Airhart and Bendroth note in the book’s Introduction how modernity has been a common challenge facing all North American denominational approaches to the family. Issues related to the individual, community, plurality, feminism and America’s consumer-oriented society have forced denominations to negotiate with the complexities that modernity brings. Though these challenges threaten denominational loyalty, the editors believe that theological and cultural traditions do provide appropriate resources for response.