Fatherhood and standing up to the false male image

Fatherhood. It's foundational to the well-being of children. We yearn to think of it as an inviolable institution, invulnerable to weakness. This era, however, shouts of just the opposite. In response, fatherhood groups have sprung up across the United States to connect fathers with their children and to strengthen their commitment to family. U.S. News & World Report refers to a new book, Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem, in which author David Blankenhorn is spreading the word that "being a loving father and a good husband is the best part of being a man." See "Honor thy Children," U.S. News & World Report, February 27, 1995 . But what are the underlying spiritual issues? Recently, the Sentinel explored that question with a number of men. In the following interview, Gail Menschel speaks with Christian Scientist Craig Stephens of Marblehead, Massachusetts, a father of three children, ranging in age from five to eleven. In part two of this look at fathering, which will appear in the July 31 Sentinel, other fathers will share the spiritual concepts they have most relied on.

How do you think of your role as father?

June 19, 1995

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