Joined: Jan. 2006
This doesn't strictly have anything to do with UD, but it's too interesting to pass up.
On Dvorak Uncensored, we find this story:
"U.S. divorce rates: Want to Stay Married? Go Atheist."
|Barna’s results verified findings of earlier polls: that conservative Protestant Christians, on average, have the highest divorce rate, while mainline Christians have a much lower rate. They found some new information as well: that atheists and agnostics have the lowest divorce rate of all. George Barna commented that the results raise “questions regarding the effectiveness of how churches minister to families.” The data challenge “the idea that churches provide truly practical and life-changing support for marriage.” |
Donald Hughes, author of The Divorce Reality, said: “In the churches, people have a superstitious view that Christianity will keep them from divorce, but they are subject to the same problems as everyone else, and they include a lack of relationship skills. …Just being born again is not a rabbit’s foot.”
Hughes claim that 90% of divorces among born-again couples occur after they have been “saved.”
So, if you want to strike a blow for true family values, lose your faith in God.
P.S. Barna is a religious opinion poller. He's been reporting virtually the same facts for the last several years, but the point about us virtuous atheists having the lowest divorce rates is new.