Saturday, May 2, 2009

Absent Fathers

In the 18th century manuals on raising children are always directed primarily to the father. In the 19th century, you direct them to the mother. Part of that is social – what’s going on in the 19th century men are out of the home. They are at the factory 12-13 hours a day, 6 days a week. So the mothers become the main vehicle for raising the children spiritually and morally. But the consequence of that is a loss of male leadership in evangelicalism in the 19th century.

- Michael Haykin, 19th Century Evangelicalism

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