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It strikes me that, increasingly, the West is becoming less and less religious, in varying degrees. Materialism seems to be replacing the call of church and chapel, with the crowds nowadays flocking to the cathedrals of today - the shopping malls. And perhaps Accountants, with their litany of "the bottom line", are replacing the priests of old.

And how does this change affect the traditional family unit and the development of its members? It's been widely held that a religious faith is a firm cohesive for family unity and "values". That's based on a moralistic set of values which owe their origins to Christian (and/or Muslim and other) "rule systems" and codes of "acceptable" practice. But, faced with the increasing dilution of those former ingredients in family life etc., how are parents and relatives within families coping, in general? Is it enough for the former religious ethics and values to be replaced in the family by a comparatively loosely held set of morals and humanistic values?

The typical Western family faces pressures today, whose intensity has not been seen since the Dark Ages and before. (I am of course indicating that the pressures then came from different causes, but also put the family unit under comparative strain). How does such a changing family environment affect children's development? And, are parental emotive, yet secular, instincts enough on their own?

Many questions, I know, and, I hope - thought provoking. :)

Best all

Guy

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The Secular Family 513 Thirdwave 28-Mar-04 13:33
The religious hang-over 124 Kees 28-Mar-04 13:48
Re: The religious hang-over 132 Thirdwave 28-Mar-04 13:54
Re: The religious hang-over 160 Nolondil 28-Mar-04 20:29
Re: The religious hang-over 133 RichardC 28-Mar-04 23:04
Re: The Secular Family 129 newrisingsun 28-Mar-04 14:49
Re: The Secular Family 136 Thirdwave 29-Mar-04 19:55
Re: The Secular Family 134 newrisingsun 29-Mar-04 22:15
Re: The Secular Family 149 Thirdwave 30-Mar-04 00:13
Re: The Secular Family 126 David L 28-Mar-04 18:23
Re: The Secular Family 145 Thirdwave 29-Mar-04 20:02
Re: The Secular Family 148 David L 29-Mar-04 20:37
Re: The Secular Family 142 Thirdwave 29-Mar-04 20:45
Re: The Secular Family 207 Trojan 28-Mar-04 20:44
Re: The Secular Family 147 Thirdwave 29-Mar-04 20:33
Re: The Secular Family 144 lovejoy 29-Mar-04 13:36
Re: The Secular Family 136 Thirdwave 29-Mar-04 19:48
Re: The Secular Family 140 lovejoy 30-Mar-04 09:23
Re: The Secular Family 141 Diomede 29-Mar-04 18:04
Re: The Secular Family 146 Thirdwave 29-Mar-04 20:36
Re: The Secular Family 120 Diomede 29-Mar-04 21:45
Re: The Secular Family 118 Diomede 29-Mar-04 22:49
Re: The Secular Family 147 Thirdwave 30-Mar-04 00:00
Re: The Secular Family 222 Nolondil 30-Mar-04 03:14
Re: The Secular Family 278 Thirdwave 30-Mar-04 11:00
Re: The Secular Family 161 Kboldt 29-Mar-04 19:24
Re: The Secular Family 145 Thirdwave 29-Mar-04 20:53
Re: The Secular Family 122 Cookiemonsters 29-Mar-04 21:40
Yes, Home is where ..... :) n/t 155 Thirdwave 30-Mar-04 00:03


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