Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation by Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk. Oxford University: New York, NY. 2021. Total pages: 244.
Both the title and subtitle grab the attention of many parents and religious leaders, especially those concerned about not passing on their faith to the next generation. While transmitting one’s faith to the next generation can’t be guaranteed, most would like to “stack the deck” in their favor. The concern seems to be perpetual rather than new. For example, Roger Dudley’s Passing on the Torch: How to Pass Your Spiritual Values on to Your Children and Teens carries a publication date of 1986 from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.