Whenever a discussion about sex before marriage comes about and a Christian participates (in a "that's a bad idea" sort of way) the
"Christians have a higher divorce rate than unbelievers" card gets played.
What very few of the people who play that card stop to think about is
1) break ups outside of marriage
2) break downs inside "Christianity"
break ups outside of marriage
Since unbelievers cohabitate before marriage more often than Christians do, their separations are not included in the statistics. A study from Britain noted that most "live ins" lasted about a year.
Certainly, if the choice was "marriage or not at all" - they probably wouldn't have moved in together at all, but the fact is, cohabitations are not reflected in the stats.
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This was "fact checked" by Professor Bradley Wright, and I picked it up at The Gospel Coalition.
It seems that folks who just say "I'm a Christian" but are nominal and attend church seldom divorce at a rate 20% HIGHER than unbelievers.
But if you look at the segment that includes "active conservative Protestants" - they divorce at a rate 35% LOWER than unbelievers.
So, if you look at the top line stat, it looks pretty bad.
If you dig in, it looks bad for those who talk the talk (a little) but don't walk the walk.