This text captures the important relationship between religion and the family with a review of relevant literature on the subject, synthesizing it within a theoretical framework. The book shows how these two social institutions work - or don't work together. Much of the research is historical in nature. This assists the reader in understanding the links between the two social phenomena. Literature is drawn from folk religion, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Familial Links to the Sacred Neo-Functionalism and Religion.- The Chronosytem: A Social History of Religion and the Family Orientation.- The Organic System: Biology, Religion and the Family Orientation.- The Personality System: Religion having an Impact on the Individual and the Individual's Influence on Religion in Familial Settings.- The Social System: Ritual and Social Organization.- The Cultural System: Mythology and Ethos.- Conclusions.