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Christian couples are unanimous that children are to be raised in the “fear and wisdom of the Lord.” But principles for how best to do that has divided evangelicals, who lack a central authority on spanking, attachment parenting, and entertainment choices, to name but a few hot-button issues. In the post–James Dobson era, when writer-gurus, religious and otherwise, offer quick-fix guidelines on raising kids amid technology saturation and divided families, Christians are learning to extend grace to fellow believers who parent differently.

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    For those couples who are trying to raise kids in both religions, I found it’s not really a level playing field. It turns out that children are much more likely to adopt the faith of their mother than the faith of their father. (NYT)

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