Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
African-American, Christianity, Community, Fatherlessness, Relationship, Study
Christianity | Ethics in Religion | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Smith, Kevin, "A Study of Fatherlessness in the African-American Community in Relationship to the Positive Role of Christianity" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1630.
The following study is a qualitative investigation into the issue of fatherlessness among African Americans and its relation to the positive role of Christianity. The primary objective of the study is to determine, understand, and describe the circumstances that brought about fatherlessness and what role Christians may play to help address the problem. Also, the study focuses on developing a deep understanding of the consequences of fatherlessness and what role Christians may play to help mitigate these consequences. The results of this research will reconnect, revitalize, recover trust, ease the pain, and implement healing for fathers, children, and all involved. This researcher will show possible positive impacts of fatherlessness in African-American communities. The resources about fatherlessness will assist in the research showing the positive effects. Case studies regarding African Americans were also conducted to supplement the findings of the literature review further. The case studies include prominent and non-prominent African-American figures who have grown up without fathers.