What Difference Does a Father Make?

Several years ago, a team of New York state sociologists attempted to calculate the influence of a father’s life upon his family and future generations. The study included two men from the eighteenth century, Jonathan Edwards and Max Jukes.
Max Jukes rejected Christianity. He chose a life of unprincipled behavior and crime. Among his 1,200 descendants were:
  • 440 lives of outright debauchery
  • 310 paupers and vagrants
  • 190 public prostitutes
  • 130 convicted criminals
  • 100 alcoholics
  • 60 habitual thieves
  • 55 victims of impurity
  • 7 murderers

The research team concluded that not one of Max Jukes known relatives ever made a significant contribution to society. This notorious family cost the state of New York $1,200,000.

Jonathan Edwards is regarded as one of the most brilliant an influential men of American history. He was a gifted pastor and exceptional theologian. Edwards’ preaching ignited the flame that led to the Great Awakening, and he later served as the president of Princeton College. Among his male descendants were:

  • 300 clergymen, missionaries, or theology professors
  • 120 college professors
  • 60 doctors
  • 60 authors
  • 30 judges
  • 14 college presidents
  • Numerous giants of American industry
  • 3 U. S. congressmen
  • 1 vice-president of the United States
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