Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” #24 Divorce?

The article, “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer“, is almost ten years old, but the objections to Christianity that it raises are still very current.

This series of articles looks at each question individually and discusses it. While the author demands physical and verifiable answers to these questions, most of the questions are of a philosophical or metaphysical nature, and therefore defy the kind of answers that the author demands. Consequently, yes – under the conditions the author requires, Christians (nor anyone else) cannot answer most of these questions. However, the objections themselves frequently fall short of the same standard.

Today’s question, regarding divorce statistics, at least has some evidence associated with it which can be answered in terms of psychological studies and statistical evidence.

It’s worth noting that these questions will be presented in their original format. That format can be somewhat sarcastic and aggressive. And now, for today’s question:


24 – Why do Christians share the same statistical rate of divorce as everyone else? “What God hath made, let no man put asunder.” How could Christian marriages fail if they are sanctified by God? Hmmmm…. interesting. 

This is by no means an agreed-upon claim. Dr. Bradford Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Projectsays:

“…conservative Protestants, and counties with higher shares of conservative Protestants, are indeed more likely to divorce—compared to Americans in other mainstream traditions, from mainline Protestantism to Mormonism to Catholicism.
“…This study also finds that religiously unaffiliated Americans, and counties with higher shares of unaffiliated Americans, are the most likely to divorce. So, religion per se is not the problem and, indeed, secularism seems to be more conducive towards divorce than conservative Protestantism.”

Professor Bradley Wright, a sociologist at the University of Connecticut, explains from his analysis of people who identify as Christians but rarely attend church, that 60 percent of these have been divorced. Of those who attend church regularly, 38 percent have been divorced.
[Bradley R.E. Wright, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites … and Other Lies You’ve Been Told, (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2010), p. 133.] W. Bradford Wilcox, a leading sociologist at the University of Virginia and director of the National Marriage Project, finds from his own analysis that “active conservative Protestants” who regularly attend church have are 35 percent less likely to divorce compared to those who have no affiliation. Nominally attending conservative Protestants are 20 percent more likely to divorce, compared to secular Americans.
[W. Bradford Wilcox and Elizabeth Williamson, “The Cultural Contradictions of Mainline Family Ideology and Practice,” in American Religions and the Family, edited by Don S. Browning and David A. Clairmont (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007) p. 50.] These statistics aside, the only difference between Christians and non-Christians is that Christians have realized that they are corrupt human beings, and have repented of their corruption to God. This doesn’t make them perfect. If they were perfect, they would have no need of God nor his forgiveness.

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