The Powerful Union of Religion and Marriage.

According to an article published in the Huffington Post (05-18-13), entitled Why Religious People Marry Despite the Cost, David Briggs cites a study by Brian Hollar in which he found that marriage rates of highly devoted religious people in Europe and North America are declining much more slowly than the general trend away from marriage.  Hollar reports devoutly religious men more likely to be married by nearly 10% than non-religious men and devout women more likely to be married by more than four percent.  Along with these findings rates of divorce among devoutly religious couples was significantly lower than the general population during the past 40 years.

The article quotes Emyr Williams, Leslie Francis and Andrew Village in the Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture as saying that these and other findings, “… provide support for Durkheim’s classic thesis linking the two institutions of marriage and religion with human flourishing,”  Other research in recent years has shown that married life produces several significant benefits, including the tendency for married people to live longer, the fact that marriage partners experience a higher degree of personal happiness, better mental health and reduced chance of suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities.

The link between married life and religious commitment can be seen in the fact that religious groups tend to endorse marriage very highly and give the institution a sense of sanctity and eternal significance.  Religion offers tools for helping struggling marriages in the form of prayer and support networks of caring and experienced people.    If you would like to read the article directly, here is the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-briggs/why-religious-people-stay-married-despite-cost_b_3266261.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

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Posted On: May 21, 2013

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Michael Bogart (Mike) is the President of MindCuisine. Mike brings a unique perspective to MindCuisine and to the realm of religious and cultural interaction in that he is a veteran university-level instructor with more than two decades of experience teaching in both secular and Christian institutions such as West Hills Community College, Chapman University, Brandman University, Fresno Pacific University and Excelsior College. Mike has also served as a pastor and, since 2001, as a mentor and trainer of Christian leaders of many denominations in developing countries. Realizing that the competition among Christians and the name-calling between all sorts of groups belonging to the major world religions was counter-productive, Mike developed an overview approach to understanding religious and philosophical ideas which has grown out of his extensive background of teaching world religion. Besides hosting the iKnow Series on world religions, Mike is available as a conference speaker and consultant in these matters.

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