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Atheists/Agnostics Have Lower Divorce Rates

Posted by coventryrm on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Barna report: Variation in divorce rates among Christian faith groups:


Denomination (in order of decreasing divorce rate)

% who have been divorced

Non-denominational **




Mainline Protestants








Variation in divorce rates by religion:




                                                    % have been divorced



Born-again Christians


Other Christians


Atheists, Agnostics




Ron Barrier, Spokespersonn for American Atheists remarked on these findings with some rather caustic comments against organized religion. He said:

“These findings confirm what I have been saying these last five years. Since Atheist ethics are of a higher caliber than religious morals, it stands to reason that our families would be dedicated more to each other than to some invisible monitor in the sky.  With Atheism, women and men are equally responsible for a healthy marriage.  There is no room in Atheist ethics for the type of ‘submissive’ nonsense preached by Baptists and other Christian and/or Jewish groups.  Atheists reject, and rightly so, the primitive patriarchal attitudes so prevalent in many religions with respect to marriage.” had some scathing comments as well:

“We hear an awful lot from conservatives in the Bible Belt and on the TV about how we all should be living. Certainly a culture that teaches the conservative religious values of the Christian right must have clean living written all over it. And lots of ripe fruit from their morally superior lives abounding.”

“It doesn’t. Far from it. People that talk the loudest may be the ones walking the slowest. Joining its history of Biblically correct bigotry and discrimination, it is an area with the highest divorce, murder, STD/HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, single parent homes, infant mortality, and obesity rates in the nation. As a region, the Bible Belt has the poorest health care systems and the lowest rates of high school graduation.”  


Link to Article


16 Responses to “Atheists/Agnostics Have Lower Divorce Rates”

  1. blazeheliski said

    It looks like Mormons are the closest of any religion to being as “good” as atheists. 😉

  2. coventryrm said

    Nope it was the Catholics and Lutherans!

  3. blazeheliski said

    Ooooops – looked at the chart wrong!

  4. coventryrm said

    I think sometimes you reach just to play devils advocate with me, skews how you look at stuff… 🙂

  5. Peter said

    The Catholics have 6 months of marriage prep classes before they are allowed to get married. Everybody should have marriage prep classes. It is not the ideology so much as the education.

  6. blazeheliski said

    What say you Coventry? 😉

    Church Attendance Boosts Student GPAs

  7. coventryrm said

    From the article

    “Surprisingly, the importance of religion to teens had very little impact on their educational outcomes,” Glanville said. “That suggests that the act of attending church — the structure and the social aspects associated with it — could be more important to educational outcomes than the actual religion.”

  8. blazeheliski said

    So where else are you going to get the social structure of a religion? The multigenerational social structure exists because of the religion itself and the faith of the members putting young in close contact with old in social settings. The classic “church social” has 13 year olds playing volleyball with 40 year olds along with many other activities. I can’t think of many non-religious organizations that mix generations socially on a regular basis.

  9. coventryrm said

    Good question maybe society needs to look at ways of intrigrating that without teaching fear, guilt and silly myths which have other down falls, if all we care about is our kids GPA there are even better ways to accomplish that I would think, we could size them up at at an early age decide their future and just force them into that profession or sport 😉 If you feel that the only way for you to have kids with high GPA’s is to teach them or socialize them this way then stick with the 2000 year old stories and morals.

  10. blazeheliski said

    GPA certainly would not be my main focus. It is just an easy way to get some data on the possible benefits of religion on kids. From observation – it is most likely due to the social aspects of the religion. You have to admit, the social aspects of many religions is a real strength. The great social programs keep many people going to church even if they don’t really believe in the religion.

    Maybe once you are done with your book – you could come up with an idea on how to create a secular social organization that would be appealing and fun for young and old alike? Or maybe if Obama wins he will carry out his program to force kids to do service programs like the Peace Corps. Maybe he could expand it and force all Americans of all ages to do 2 years of service. I suppose that would good way to get all ages working shoulder to shoulder and socializing in Obama’s “service camps.” 😉 LOL!

  11. coventryrm said

    The premise is just plain silly; correlation studies without variables or more detailed demographic breakdowns are meaningless. For example is there a study that show how kids that are in the music band but don’t go to church GPA’s compare against kids that go to church and don’t play in the Band? If the Band Kids have a higher GPA than I guess I would have to say that you can accomplish the same thing without all the damaging baggage that comes with religion, or even take kids that don’t go to Church but their parents have socialized them in other activities and separate that demographic from those that haven’t. I don’t think the study broke it down beyond those that go and those that don’t.

    I think if people were willing to question and take a skeptical view of religion we would have replaced those obsolete institutions of worship of an imaginary man in the sky and be way ahead in the game.

    I wish I had the time to do a little more research on this one, I am taking an Emergency Care Training class that is taking up most of my free time, and as you can see I have not been posting anything new. I have to go back to studying now, hopefully after November I can be more active on the Blog again…. 

  12. blazeheliski said

    I remember this one time at band camp………….. 😉

  13. coventryrm said

    Blaze – Here are your Black Helicopters!

  14. blazeheliski said

    “My” black helicopters?

    I always thought the “black helicopter crowd” was associated the likes of the 9/11 truthers, the Oklahoma bombing was done by the government types, the Holocaust denier types, the all corporations are evil types, the Federal Reserve System is a plot to rule the world types, and the Illuminati types? Pretty much the entire crowd they have in cages outside the DNC so that people don’t have to see them. For example, these people outside the DNC that are afraid they are going to have tracking chips implanted in their bodies.

    <a href=”<Chip People

    It seems to me that earlier this year I had to sway you from believing some of the 9/11 truther propaganda? Maybe they are “your” black helicopters? Hehehe 😉 J/K

    BTW – are you ready to save my life on the slopes yet?

  15. blazeheliski said

    Opps – messed up the link. I wish I could edit my own posts.

    Chip People

  16. coventryrm said

    Nope on the 9/11 stuff we were talking and agreeing on that crap! My nieghbor in Bend was showing me DVD’s

    I have my CPR and AED certification, Nov I will be have OEC cerification and then after it snows I will learn how to sled ya down!

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