A major study about children and religion found that religious kids were less caring toward others than their non-religious peers. In the authors’ words, “our findings … contradict the commonsense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind towards others.”
Some might argue that religion is the problem, and that if we want our kids to care about others, we should not raise them in a particular religious tradition.
But I think the answer to the challenge posed by this study is not no religion. It’s better religion.
This is one reason why I love Faith Forward so much. At our gatherings, hundreds of people come together because we want to offer our children and youth a better version of Christianity. We want to join with young people in becoming the generous, caring, and loving people that Jesus calls us to be. We want to form them in a faith with arms wide open to others, fully aware of the vulnerability that comes with living this way.
Won’t you join us in Chicago at Faith Forward 2016. Together, we can forge faith that helps kids and youth live in the loving way of Jesus.