Beginning In The 1970S, A Cultural Debate Has Raged Over

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Beginning in the 1970s, a cultural debate has raged over the function of the traditional family in American life, a debate that has subjected the roles of fathers, mothers, and even children to intense scrutiny. Freedom of choice, self-fulfillment, the emergence of blended families, feminism, the sexual revolution, and social rebellion against traditional family forms—all of these have facilitated a widespread cultural experimentation with different family structures. Feminist activists have argued that the traditional family is outdated and even damaging to adults and children. Some have even argued that women and children do not need men; in fact, families are better off without them. Advocates for radical marital change welcomed the…show more content…
These forces, consequently, resulted in the involuntary alienation of some fathers from their children and deeply restricted their ability to involve themselves in their children’s lives. (Page 2 Civitas Rebecca O’Neill).
The experiment has gone on for over forty years. Decades of sociological evidence now illuminate the “liberated family.” In the light of this evidence, I will evaluate the claim that that a father’s absence in a family has no significant impact on the development of children. To put the matter bluntly, the cultural advocates of this new thinking were simply wrong, and the result of adopting their views has proved a disaster for families, for mothers, for children, and for fathers. To demonstrate the falsity of the claim, I will explore two major symptoms of the disaster: Divorce and the Family and Poverty and the Family. These will highlight the importance of the father to family health. I will then offer a Christian alternative to the current thinking—the Christian Father as the Family’s Servant Leader, an alternative by which godly fathers give support to mothers, offer security for children, and develop a new generation that is disciplined in the wisdom and knowledge of God.
Despite claims to the contrary, the evidence shows that a father’s contribution to the security and wellbeing of his children constitutes a significant factor in their healthy development toward maturity. Two factors amply demonstrate this
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