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-Divorce: Church Attendance Makes a Difference!

by Dr. D ~ March 15th, 2011

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Does church attendance make for a better marriage?

Maybe.

At least those who go to church regularly have a lower divorce rate than other Christians and the rest of the population in America.

For years I have heard people say that Christians have the same divorce rate as everyone else. In some ways that is true but not when it comes to church attendance according to the latest research. While the rate among religiously unaffiliated Americans is 50% it is only 38% for those Christians who attend church regularly. The divorce for those who claim to be Christian but do not regularly attend church is at 42%.

Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family commented recently on the new research:

"The divorce rates of Christian believers are not identical to the general population — not even close," he wrote. "Being a committed, faithful believer makes a measurable difference in marriage."

Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, also noted how this conflicts with popular opinion:

"You do hear, both in Christian and non-Christian circles, that Christians are no different from anyone else when it comes to divorce and that is not true if you are focusing on Christians who are regular church attendees."

Response: One statistic that I found even more interesting was that ‘nominal conservative Protestants’ who do not go to church were 20% more likely to divorce than even those with no religious affiliation at all.  

A lessons to be learned from this research? If you are a conservative Protestant you better go to church if you want to keep your marriage strong. Also:

“The family that prays and goes to church together stays together”

I have always believed that it was true when it comes to prayer now we can add church attendance to the dictum.             *Top

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