The Faith Factor in Fatherhood

The Faith Factor in Fatherhood : Renewing the Sacred Vocation of Fathering

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Edited by founder and chairman of the National Fatherhood Initiative Don Eberly, The Faith Factor in Fatherhood addresses the key role that religious institutions can play in reviving what Eberly calls the "sacred vocation of fatherhood." In response to the wider debate regarding the increased expectations that are being placed by policy makers on faith-based institutions to serve important public purposes, contributors to this volume guide denominations, places of worship, and religious social agencies to recover the role they once played in reaching and supporting young men with a message of responsible fatherhood. Ecumenical in scope, the book addresses what each faith community can do to recover its particular heritage of engaged, involved fathering, through methods including instruction, rites of passage programs, stories, ceremonies, mentoring, and community outreach.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 25.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739100793
  • 9780739100790

About Don E. Eberly

Don E. Eberly is founder of the National Fatherhood Initiative and director of the Civil Society Project in Harrisburg, Pa.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Spririt of the Fatherhood Movement Part 2 The Story of American Fatherhood Chapter 3 The Collapse and Recovery of Fatherhood Chapter 4 Making Great Men and Fathers Chapter 5 What Americans Belive about Fatherhood and the Role of Religion Part 6 The Heritage of Fatherhood in America's Faith Communities Chapter 7 Fatherhood in the African American Church Chapter 8 Fatherhood in the Roman Catholic Tradition Chapter 9 Fatherhood in the Evangelical Tradition Chapter 10 Fatherhood in the Mainline Protestant Tradition Part 11 Fatherhood and Faith in the American Public Debate Chapter 12 The Rise of an American Fatherhood Movement Chapter 13 The Role of Marriage in Strengthening Fatherhood Chapter 14 Beyond Government to Faith-Based Community Strategies Chapter 15 Fatherhood as a Point of Convergence beyond Old Categories Chapter 16 The Idea of God as Father Chapter 17 Emerging Attitudes about Gender Roles Chapter 18 Men as Promise Makers and Keepers Chapter 19 Restoring Civil Society Through Fatherhood Part 20 Faithful Fathers: The Journey Back Chapter 21 One Denomination's Initiative Chapter 22 One Pastor's Personal Struggle Chapter 23 Recovering the Rites of Male Passage Chapter 24 One Son's Rite of Passage Chapter 25 The Power of Male Initiation Ceremoniesshow more

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Eberly has put together a valuable collection of essays on the relationship between fatherhood and religion... [for] pastors, lay people, parents, and undergraduate students of numerous aspects of U.S. society. CHOICE An important collection of essays ... on what is wrong with fatherhood these days and what can be done about it. First Thingsshow more