Why do many children reject the Christian faith of their parents?

May 28, 2013

“Five Reasons Christian Parents ‘Lose’ Their Children?”
Writing for Red Letter Christians, Yoholo Hoyt writes about the anxiety many Christian parents experience as their children are growing up. Will they remain true to the faith of their parents or will they wander off and follow other paths? Although these parents know and quote the teaching of Proverbs 22:6 (“Start children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” TNIV), there is still a fear, especially among evangelical parents, that peer relationships, college, or just plain life will cause them to reject what their parents hold dear. Hoyt has given much thought to this concern and lists five reasons children may reject their parents’ expression of Christianity.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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