Lutherans: School v. Family

The 1,360 schools run by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod constitute the nation's second largest parochial system, and the church has lately been wondering about how effectively it provides religious training. Last week Missouri's Concordia Seminary published a survey of religious attitudes and beliefs among its parochial-school children. It suggests that the results may not be proportionate to the investment.

Compiled by Ronald L. Johnstone of Concordia's research center, the study was based on a sampling of Lutheran youth in Detroit and St. Louis. On questions of religious fact and faith, Johnstone found, students trained exclusively in Lutheran parochial schools...

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