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Divorce Rate Much Lower Than Thought

June 27, 2014   ·   By   ·   1 Comments

marriageFor most of my life, I have heard that the divorce rate is about 50 percent. I have also heard that the divorce rate among Christians is about the same.

But Harvard-trained researcher Shaunti Feldhahn spent eight years researching marriage and divorce, and found that this cultural myth isn’t so.

She estimates the overall divorce rate is about 31%, and for church goers it’s about 15-20%.

It only makes sense that the divorce rate would be lower in the church (despite the fact that churches usually have a number of unbelievers in their congregations, and even Christians still make mistakes and fall prey to weaknesses).  After all, a decent church will regularly send the message upholding marriage and family, as well as provide support on several levels for the healthy maintenance of marriages; non-church goers often have no access to any of that.

The myth of a high divorce rate has probably had the effect of making the actual divorce rate higher than it otherwise would have been. After all, most people are influenced by what others around them are doing. If most people are staying and working to keep their marriage together, and few are divorcing, then you will probably feel the peer pressure to stay in the fight for yours. But if you perceive that at least half the people around you are throwing in the towel on their marriage, you will probably feel more entitled to throw in the towel on yours.

This same phenomenon is why liberals work so hard to create the perception that their ideas are the best way, that their ideas are accepted, that their ideas are the way the herd is going-because they want the perception to create the reality.

Isn’t it time we stopped allowing the morally bankrupt Left to lead us down the path to destruction?



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political writer for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for nearly 20 years, including a Tea Party leader and organizer since 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • thisoldspouse

    50% is such a round, handy number. It’s no wonder that marriage/civilization haters have concocted such an easily promulgated meme.

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