Christian divorce rates disputed

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  • Jiggle Clearfield, UT
    March 8, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    These so-called statistics can be a skewed sense of reality since it doesn't address "happiness" within marriage. I believe their are many "unhappy" long-term AND more recent marriages that survive because of religion's disapproval of divorce. Many unhappy married couples may be hiding the fact that their marriage is neither happy nor fulfilling because their religious convictions tell them divorce is wrong. Divorce is discouraged by religions so I think many suffer through bad marriages in silence rather than admit failure or unhappiness to their religious leaders. Many are staying in marriages for their family's sake, for financial reasons, for religious reasons, for security, for appearance sake, or because they don't want to feel like they have somehow failed themselves or their religion. Polls and statistics probably don't tell the real story! How many of these long-term....or even less than long-term marriages are not wedded bliss behind closed doors? Atheists, agnostics, etc. have less pressure (especially religious) to stay in a unhappy marriage!

  • The Rev'd Neal Humphrey Layton, UT
    March 6, 2011 6:24 a.m.

    Another statistical piece is the number of divorces filed with county recorders compared to the number of marriages. In that regard, Utah ranks second highest in the nation. Number one Mississippi. Utah's divorce statistics are similar to the rates in the southern Bible belt. The guess as to why the most "religious" states have the higher divorce rates is that church leaders too often use marriage for fornication control, pushing young couples who probably should not marry into a "legitimate" relationship.

    As for myself, well over 90% of the weddings I perform are for strangers (I'm like a contractor). The rate of divorce for the weddings I performed in California is around 4%. Here in Utah it's over 25%.

  • Bubble SLC, UT
    March 4, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    So if you meet some non-scientific standard of being "more" Christian than your neighbors, you are less likely to get divorced - and the way of determining if you meet this non-scientific standard is to see if you get divorced.

    Does anybody else find this logic rather circular?

  • hmmm interesting Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    No surprise to me that atheists and agnostics have a lower divorce rate. People who marry for all the good reasons and not just peer/social/religious community pressure are bound to have better marriages. This is true of whatever background, but I think you'll find many people who identify with a religion getting married because "it's the thing to do" not wholly because it's the right thing for them to do.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Feb. 25, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    Just wait. The L.D.S. church stats will also reveal sharp increases in temple divorces.
    Let's not get smug. Trust me. There will be more emphasis coming from the brethren, for the young adults to slow down and think a bit more, before rushing into marriage. Too many returned missionaries these days are not prepared and marry people like my daughter and fail miserably to even get away from the simplest habits, like playing video games. This new generation just likes to "hang out". It's the "hang out" generation syndrome.
    This is a phenomenon that transcends both beliefs, between Evangelicals AND Mormons.
    Get ready. You will be hearing more about it from the general authorities in general conferences in the near future.
    Trust me.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Cat would post those sources from the Ensign, or the Christian Monitor but why?

  • Okaythen Kearns, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 5:23 a.m.

    Cats, please cite your sources.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    so I think we like to count those non-active Christians as Christians when it serves our purposes. but we want to exclude them as Christians when that serves our purposes. that's what I gleaned from this article.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    Marriages which include God are much more likely to succeed both in duration and happiness. That's just a fact. Relationships that are without moral basis and don't include God are highly unlikely to succeed under any circumstances. Studies bear this out.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    All this talk of 'morality.'

    And yet, the title emphises that the divorce rate is DISPUTED.

    Not DENIED.

    If this 'time honored tradition' is so effective, and such a critical part of our society...

    why the omission that divorces occur?

    When people try to actively campaign against marriage, at all, for others?

  • gray Escondido, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    I would be intrested to know if there are any more current stats beyond the 1980's study for divorce rates for members sealed in the temple. Considering Mormons marry at an earlier age then the US average they must be doing something right if those stats are correct.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    Oh boy, here we go.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    As the institution of marriage itself is under attack, it will be even harder in the future to track divorce rates, or whatever future virtual equivalent takes its place. I was taught by my instructor in a 197 university class in child and family development that formal marriage offers nothing more than any other "committed relationship" except a piece of paper.

    Should that view prevail how would we measure family stability? Good luck measuring commitment changes without "pieces of paper" to assist us.