When most men sign up to be fathers, few of them stop to read the “small print”. Well, for those who are fathers, or plan to be at some point in your life, I have some small print for you today.
In 1994, the Swiss carried out an extensive survey in order to determine whether a person’s religious tendencies carried through to the next generation and, if so, why/ why not. The information from this study went to the Federal Statistical Office in Neuchâtel, and was then published in Volume 2 of Population Studies No. 31.
The results of this study shows there is one critical factor that plays into the religious practices of the next generation. The father. That’s right; it is the religious practice of the father of the family that, above all, determines the future attendance of, or absence of, the children that make up the next generation.