Scott on February 2, 2006 at 9:17 am
Building on what my partner John recently posted about Active Christians divorcing less…
Years ago I stumbled upon this great site TruthOrFiction.com. It is filled with all sorts information related to rumors, urban myths, internet scams, etc. I have found their information to be reliable and there does not appear to be any agenda that drives what is posted on the site.
TruthOrFiction has a great post titled: “50% of American Marriages are Ending in Divorce–FICTION!” They do a great job debunking this myth. Statistically, their explanation is simple and easy to understand. Their information includes the following observation:
Some researchers have relied on surveys rather than government statistics. In his book Inside America in 1984, pollster Louis Harris said that only about 11 or 12 percent of people who had ever been married had ever been divorced. Researcher George Barna’s most recent survey of Americans in 2001 estimates that 34 percent of those who have ever been married have ever been divorced.
John’s Update: Good piece. I’ve also read that (I believe this is Barna) Christians are significantly more likely to marry (rather than cohabit). Since more secular individuals, such as atheists, are less likely to marry in the first place their breakups don’t appear as “divorced or seperated” on a chart. And yet the evidence I’ve seen suggests that cohabiting relationships break up far more often than marriages.
I’d like to see a study of all long term couples (over 2 years either marriage or cohabiting) by non-attenders vs. regular attenders and see what the record of “divorce, seperation and breakup” shows.
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