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Religious Influences on Parenting

Religious influences on parenting

Summary

This chapter sets out to examine the relationship between religion and parenting practices. Such an examination is complicated by the diversity of religious beliefs and practices and the paucity of research material on the topic. The emphasis in this chapter is on two of the three great deistic religions–Judaism and Islam. ‘Christianity’ is now part of the mainstream of Western societies, imbuing their value and legal systems. Judging by the available material, it seems to exert no particular influence.

It is clear from the material available that there is a great division and perhaps even opposition between professional and religious views in the treatment of children. The former emphasizes the primacy of the welfare of the child, and the ...

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