By Don S. Browning, David A. Clairmont
Religions reply to capitalism, democracy, industrialization, feminism, individualism, and the phenomenon of globalization in numerous methods. a few religions agree to those demanding situations, if now not capitulate to them; a few critique or face up to them, and a few paintings to remodel the trendy societies they inhabit.
In this distinct choice of severe essays, students of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and local American inspiration discover the stress among modernization and the family members, sexuality, and marriage traditions of significant religions in the United States. members research how quite a few trust platforms have faced altering attitudes in regards to the that means and goal of intercourse, the definition of marriage, the accountability of fathers, and the prestige of kids. in addition they talk about how kinfolk legislation in the USA is commencing to recognize definite spiritual traditions and the way comparative spiritual ethics can clarify and evaluation varied relatives customs.
Studies about the effect of non secular proposal and behaviour on American society have by no means been extra well timed or very important. fresh worldwide occasions can't be absolutely understood with out comprehending how trust platforms functionality and the numerous methods they are often hired to the ease and detriment of societies. Responding to this serious desire, American Religions and the Family provides a entire portrait of spiritual cultures in the United States and gives secular society a pathway for appreciating spiritual tradition.
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Yang notes that “intact and traditional marriage and family life are highly valued in the Chinese church,” adding that “Chinese parents are in constant fear of bad influences in American society. . To guard against bad influences the parents rely on the church for meaningful and attractive youth activities. They also try to fill their children’s schedules by sending them to camp meetings, pressing them to study the Chinese language, and bringing them to private music and sports classes. These efforts are quite successful.
Immigrants from the Indian subcontinent . . are suspicious of American Immigrant American Religions and the Family 25 family life and fearful of bad influences from their children’s peers. ” On their part second-generation Indian Hindus find it difficult to navigate between conservative parental expectations and peer pressures to rebel against those expectations. ”25 The Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism has established a transnational institutional infrastructure aimed at preserving and transmitting Indian/Hindu identity among Indians in the homeland and throughout the diaspora.
The following illustrations, from a wide variety of Christian and non-Christian sources, make the point. First, from immigrant Christian circles. Leaders and members of several Houston churches in the Religion, Ethnicity and New Immigrants Research project expressed concern about the moral state of American society and its potentially harmful effects on immigrant family life. For instance, a pseudonymous Argentine evangelical church places a heavy emphasis on the family as both a fundamental religious and Hispanic value.