Family, church, and school are the three basic people-forming institutions, says Pat Fagan, so it’s no wonder that they produce the best results—including economic and political ones—when they cooperate:

Besides marriage, the other foundational institution that fosters human flourishing is religion. The effects of religious worship are dramatically visible in U.S. national survey correlational studies and increasingly in causational studies in areas like education, crime reduction, and health. Religious practice and prayer are good for marriage, but when marriage and worship are combined in family life, children thrive even more, and a decade or two later the economy experiences the benefits when those children are more productive earners.

When marriage and worship are united with a school that upholds the same fundamental ideals, a small community is formed, eminently capable of raising children to their optimum capacities. Family, church, and school are the three basic people-forming institutions, and it is no wonder that they produce the best results when they cooperate.

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  • Joseph Boudreaux

    I have no doubt that this is how God designed the family to be. And how it should work within society. But I think the writer negates various perspectives. So are families who are divorced or kids parented out of wedlock doomed to be in poverty. What about grace? What about God being able to move despite your situation or past? How do you argue the outliers? People who have thrived despite their upbringing.