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STUDY: Can divorce turn your child into an atheist?

If you want your kid to be an atheist, get divorced. That’s the result of a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute. The study evaluated the correlation between divorce and children who grow up to become non-religious.

A new study from the Public Religion Research Institute reveals that divorce has a major impact on whether kids turn out religious or not when they become adults. The study found that children from divorced parents are much less likely to grow up and be religious.

Divorce rates reached about 50 percent in the 1980s. Since then, children from those divorces have grown up. At the same time, the number of people who are religiously unaffiliated has risen from 5 percent in 1972 to 25 percent today.

There is a correlation between the two. Thirty-five percent of children who come from divorced families have grown up to be non-religious compared to twenty-three percent non-religious from married households.

The conclusion is that divorce makes it 12 percent more likely a child will be non-religious.

The “nones” as they are often called, cited three major reasons for their departure from the faith.

Nineteen percent said they left due to clergy abuse scandals.

Twenty-nine percent said they left because of their church’s teaching on homosexuality.

And sixty percent said they simply didn’t believe anymore.

The impact of these nones will be felt. Some will become politicians and as 25 percent of the population, they will become a significant voting bloc. The nation will become increasingly secularized and even more distant from its Christian roots.

The epidemic of divorce, which has always been a problem since the 80s, clearly has a major impact on American society. And now it’s time to reap the harvest.

By Marshall Connolly



  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Correlation does not mean causation. Most people who leave religion do so because of its harm and no evidence of its truthfulness. With the internet, indoctrination will not longer work.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Interesting. I would like to see a breakdown by religion, of those kids whose parents divorced and who then “left the faith.” I know that much of the growth of the “nones” has come at the expense of both Evangelicals and Catholics – but mostly Catholics. Catholics deny Communion to divorced parents so it makes sense that a lot of those parents (and their kids) would stop going to mass. Evangelicals would face peer pressure and scorn from their congregations, but probably not to a large degree, and they can easily go to another church and thus may continue to expose the kids to religious indoctrination, while Catholics would be prohibited from getting communion at any Catholic church, and would either switch to another religion, or just call it quits.
    I suspect that the RCC’s doctrines on divorce and communion – and of course it’s manic obsession with sex that results in so much hostility to the other, have had the effect of driving its ongoing and accelerating decline in America. Keep it up!

  3. Pe Gimena Reply

    Patrick Ganon shares your evil rotten ideas to evil wasted minded individual like you. You have no audience in here.

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