Divorce breeds spiritual disconnect

Tiffany Owens, World Magazine, 1/24/2013

A recent study concludes children whose parents divorce when they are young are less likely to be religious later in life. According to the study, two-thirds of young adults who grew up in a home with married parents are more religious than young adults who grew up in families with divorced parents. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, study authors Elizabeth Marquardt and two fellows from the Center for Faith and Marriage say churches should work harder to address divorce and childbearing outside of wedlock... Marquardt's study urged churches to incorporate more social sciences and story-based liturgy in their services. Doing so will make churches seem more authentic, they wrote: "In other words, if we are real, they will come."

Subjects: Religion, Civil Society, Marriage, Divorce, Children of divorce

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