December 26, 2013

Growing up without a father does what?

Another nail in the coffin from the hammer wielded by our errant spouses. It's not rocket science or a needed degree in psychology that most reasonable people - or abandoned spouses - already know and understand this objective reality. 

The Catholic Church is, unfortunately, a subscriber to this reality through the injustice of granting so many specious annulments solely "for the good of the spouse" and not based on any true necessity. One has only to read Robert Vasoli's book What God Has Joined Together: The Annulment Crisis in American Catholicism to understand this. The book is out of print, but available from Amazon.com via this link. Well worth the read...

The article is from the California Catholic Daily with a link to the full article provided at the end.
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Growing up without a father does what?

Freud, Nietzsche, Hitler, Stalin, Hitchens, Dawkins
From book trailer on Ignatius Press website
From book trailer on Ignatius Press website
The following comes from a Dec. 19 release from Christian Newswire.
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre recently conducted a study on the effects of fatherlessness on children, and the results are startling: The absence of a father during critical growth periods leads to impaired social and behavioral abilities in adults and even causes a misshapen prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision-making and moderating social behavior.
Dr. Paul Vitz further shows the adverse effects of fatherlessness, or “defective” fathers, on the social and behavioral skills on prominent atheists in his controversial, updated book, [published by Ignatius Press]Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism. He proves how being disappointed in one’s earthly father, whether through death, absence or mistreatment, often leads to a rejection of God. The crisis of fatherhood in our culture has us in the midst of a 500-year period of adolescence that glorifies aggression and sexual exploitation, according to Vitz.
A biographical survey of influential atheists of the past four centuries – Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, among many others – shows that this “defective father hypothesis” provides a consistent explanation of the “intense atheism” of these thinkers. A survey of the leading defenders of Christianity over the same period – G.K. Chesterton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Edmund Burke, among others – confirms the hypothesis, finding few defective fathers. Vitz concludes with an intriguing comparison of male and female atheists and a consideration of other psychological factors that can contribute to atheism.
Throughout Faith of the Fatherless, Vitz does not argue that atheism is psychologically determined. He provides an exposition of the psychological factors predisposing a person to atheism and strongly confirms the essential importance of the role of a good father in a family.
Vitz is a former professor of psychology at New York University and was an atheist until his late 30s.
To read the original release, click here.


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