Divorce Rates in the Church

February 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Marriage | Leave a comment

I’ve often read that the divorce rate in the church is just as high as it is in the broader culture.  I have certainly seen my share of broken families in the church, so I never questioned the supposed “fact.”  However, attending church together really does lower the divorce rate.  Here is the conclusion of a study at Harvard on that very issue:

People, of course, do not become religious just for health reasons or to avoid divorce, but for those who already consider themselves religious, service attendance can provide a critical support.  Religious practice, whether communally or between spouses, is powerful.  Indeed, other research suggests that shared family religious activities and praying together are likewise associated with greater relationship satisfaction and greater levels of trust.  Shared religious activities like praying together may help couples deal with stress, and allow them to focus on shared beliefs and hopes for the future, and deal constructively with problems in their relationship.  Thus, for those who already consider themselves religious, both religious service attendance and joint prayer may be vital resources for strengthening marriage and trust, and for promoting happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
— Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

You can read the entire article here.

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