Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Divorce Rates and Religion posted stats recently about divorce rates amongst different religious denominations. The article is well researched and well cited, and reveals some interesting stuff:

Divorce rates among conservative Christians were significently higher than for other faith groups, and for Atheists and Agnostics.

Jews 30%
Born-again Christians 27%
Other Christians 24%
Atheists, Agnostics 21%

No data was posted for Muslim or interfaith families, and Jews (of course) are the worst.

The report comes down hard on born again Christians, saying that they are ignoring a difficult reality in their midst.

Personally, I'm not particularly surprised by the data. In a marriage, people need to effectively assert themselves and communicate their needs and desires. Simply being religious does not make this any easier. In addition, I wonder if belonging to certain denominations may actually impede partners from viewing each other as real equals.

What do you think?

U.S. divorce rates for various faith groups, ages groups & geographic areas :: via :: Digg

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