These findings are backed up by a recent book titled Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands. Author W. Bradford Wilcox analyzed an enormous amount of data about three groups: conservative Protestants, mainline Protestants, and those with no religious affiliation. He came to a conclusion that doesn?t surprise us: that is, conservative Protestant men come closest to the ideal of what a husband and father should be. Contrary to popular stereotypes, these men are more affectionate and more ?engaged emotionally? with their wives and children. Their faith directly inspires their view of their role in the family.
So there?s no need to despair just yet about the state of marriage. There are still quite a few men out there who are ?the marrying kind??men inspired by their Christian worldview.
For further reading and information:
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead and David Popenoe, ? The Marrying Kind: Which Men Marry and Why ,? The State of Our Unions, The National Marriage Project, 2004.
?How to tell if he?s the ?marrying kind? ,? MSNBC,
W. Bradford Wilcox, Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands (
Rob Vaughn, ? Still in Love ,? BreakPoint Online, 20 May 2003.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 040609, ? Real Romance: What Marriage Should Be .? (Note: includes spoilers of the movie The Notebook.)
Maggie Gallagher, ? Talking Points on Marriage and Same-Sex Unions ,? Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, 2004. (Reprinted on BreakPoint Online.)
See BreakPoint?s sanctity of marriage resource page .
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