Over the past decades we have been told that there is no significant difference between the people in the pew and those who do not attend church when it comes to divorce statistics. Bradley Wright, is a sociologist at the University of Connecticut and author of “Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and Other Lies You Have Been Told.” Wright has looked at marriage statistics from the General Social Survey (GSS) which is a national random survey of Americans, taken since the 1970’s.
According to the GSS, half of those in the study who claimed no religious identity were divorced. Only 42% of self-identified Christians, as well as members of other faiths, were divorced. Catholics (35 %) were the least likely to divorce, followed by Mainline Protestants (41%) and Evangelicals (46%). But Wright also found, and here is the good news, that believers who attend church every week were even less likely to divorce. Only a third of Evangelicals and Mainline Protestants who go to church get divorced. Only a quarter (23%) Catholics who attend church are divorced. Still, the myth that churchgoers get divorced at the same rate as everyone else persists. The truth, at least this time, is good news.
“Marriage is honorable among all…” (Hebrew 13:4)
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