How decades of divorce helped erode religion

Sep 28, 2016 by

by Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post: Two widely recognized trends in American society might have something to do with each other. Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1980s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce. And in the present day, Americans are rapidly becoming less religious. Since 1972, the share of Americans who say they do not adhere to any particular religion has increased from 5 percent of the population to 25 percent. Could those two trends be related?...

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Brangelina: Why celebs don’t have it all

Sep 23, 2016 by

by Harry Benson, The Marriage Foundation: Its probably the most common rebuttal I hear when I mention how married couples tend to do so much better than unmarried couples. “It’s not marriage, its money.” There’s an element of truth to this. Money makes it easier for couples to stay together. More money means not having to negotiate with your loved one every time you buy something and not having a potential argument when you didn’t tell them first. Money cushions families from the harder side...

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The Pope has tried to wave through communion for divorced-and-remarried

Sep 20, 2016 by

by Damian Thompson, Spectator: Pope Francis has just given implicit permission for many divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion. But he’s done so surreptitiously. Effectively, Francis has pulled a fast one on conservative cardinals who didn’t want the rules changed. Very fast, in this case. On 5 September, he received a copy of draft guidelines, written by the bishops of Buenos Aires, on giving communion to people in ‘irregular’ marriages. They were extremely liberal – off...

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Married couples who view adult material double the risk of divorce

Aug 22, 2016 by

by Glen Keogh, Mailonline: Married couples who watch pornography almost double their risk of divorce, researchers said yesterday. While it was once seen as the preserve of husbands, it now seems that wives are almost as keen on watching it as men. But viewing adult films or images comes at a price, with the researchers saying that women who start looking at porn while married are almost three times more likely to want a divorce. Their report comes after statistics last year showed that as many...

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What do we make of Jesus’ strong words about divorce?

Aug 3, 2016 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: Jesus said: “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her…” (Mark 10:11) I received a heart-rending message on Facebook after writing about how Jesus defines marriage in the previous article in this series on discipleship from Mark’s Gospel. The post said this: “Thanks Christian Today! And where does that leave those who are divorced not by choice, who have had to pick up the pieces with their...

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Judge rejects plea to keep child away from Christian lifestyle

Jul 6, 2016 by

by Hannah Tooley, Premier: A Muslim man has told a judge in court that his ex-wife’s “un-Islamic” lifestyle is “debauched.” The pair are involved in a family dispute over the care of their daughter, 9, following the breakdown of their relationship. The husband told Mr Justice Hayden that he did not approve of his estranged wife’s new Christian partner. The judge heard that the girl had been living with her mother. Her father had arranged to take her on...

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