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How important are Swiss Dads to religion?

Category: God and Church Published: Monday, 03 August 2015 Written by The Kiwi

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Some worthwhile quotes from this article written in 2003 about a Swiss study published in 2000. However much patriarchy is hated, the picture that very liberal country gives is that patriarchy is more than a learned societal structure.

If both father and mother attend church regularly...
- 33 percent of their children will end up as regular churchgoers
- 41 percent will end up attending irregularly.
- a quarter of their children will end up not practicing at all.

BUT...

If the father is an irregular attender and mother a regular attender...
- 3 percent of the children will subsequently become regulars themselves
-  59 percent will become irregulars
- Thirty-eight percent will end up not practicing at all.

If the father is non-practicing and mother a regular attender...
- 2 percent of children will become regular worshippers
- 37 percent will attend irregularly 
- over 60 percent of their children will end up not practicing at all.

If the father is a regular attender at church but the mother irregular or non-practicing...
- 38 percent of children become regular attenders with the irregular mother
- 44 percent of children become regular attenders with the non-practicing mother
(Note: that is a higher percentage than if both parents are regular attenders!)
- around 25% of children will end up not practicing with the irregular mother.

If the father is an irregular attender and mother non-practicing...
- 25 percent of their children will become regular attenders
- 23 percent of their children will become irregular attenders.
(Note: This is twelve times the yield where the roles are reversed).

If neither parent practices religion...
- 4 percent of children will become regular attenders
- 15 percent of children will become irregular attenders.
- 80% will end up not practicing.

If a father does not go to church, no matter how faithful his wife’s devotions, only ONE CHILD IN 50 will become a regular worshipper.


To read more, check out this article referenced above: The Truth About Men & Church.

Statistics from: Volume 2 of Population Studies No. 31, a book titled The Demographic Characteristics of National Minorities in Certain European States, edited by Werner Haug and others, published by the Council of Europe Directorate General III, Social Cohesion, Strasbourg, January 2000.

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