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Religious Parenting: Transmitting Faith and Values in Contemporary America

Christian Smith, Bridget Ritz, and Michael Rotolo


How do American parents pass their religion on to their children? At a time of overall decline of traditional religion and an increased interest in personal “spirituality,” this book investigates the ways that parents transmit religious beliefs, values, and practices to their kids. We know that parents are the most important influence on their children's religious lives, yet parents have been virtually ignored in previous work on religious socialization. The book explores American parents' strategies, experiences, beliefs, and anxieties regarding religious transmission through hundreds of in-d ... More

Keywords: Religion, children, American parents, religious beliefs, religious values, religious transmission

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691194967
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691194967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Smith, author
University of Notre Dame

Bridget Ritz, author
University of Notre Dame

Michael Rotolo, author
University of Notre Dame