Chapter 9. Family

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Rebecca L. Davis Assistant Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch9

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Davis, R. L. (2010) Family, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Delaware, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • family;
  • Abigail Bailey's memoir - saga of domestic violence, religious fervor, and power of patriarch in late-eighteenth-century America;
  • scholars's understanding of religious history of Protestant family - not yet severed from covenantal theology of Puritan origins;
  • religion and family life - inextricably linked in early New England;
  • Puritans, rearing children in theologically rich world - parental affection, softening harsher aspects of Calvinism;
  • European Christians, viewing native sexual behaviors - as impediments to salvation;
  • religion in early America, shaping families of slavery - families that slaves made for themselves and ideology of paternalism;
  • Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) - countervailing trends;
  • merger of conservative evangelical theology and “traditional” family styles - political mobilizations against gay rights, abortion and gender equality;
  • heterosexual, monogamous marriages, fundamental to American democracy - roots in Christian family ideal that European settlers imported to North America


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography