What is the connection between family stability and religion declining or increasing?

I think Mary Eberstadt is correct. " “What if Christianity (like other religions) is like language—something that can really only be practiced in a group? What if, just as people enhance their language skills by exposure to other people, those who are most connected to other people are more likely to develop ‘religious skills’ too?” ). If this were true, then people who have lived in a home with a strong family that worshipped a deity and connected major family events with religious ritual (e.g. birth, marriage, and death) would have a more strongly developed religious outlook. Those who grew up in a weak family community, on the other hand, would be more inclined to be less religious and more secular.


it is possible that working women are too worn out to go to church....BUT MY DAUGHTER does works lots of sundays also....son goes to church with his family...

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You mean childhood indoctrination works? Wwho would have guessed that. But I see no reason to assume that this has anything to do with 'family stability'.


You can consider the sayings of Jesus directly, because His words are often very clear (not always, but often): "Love one another as I have loved you." "Love your neighbor as yourself." "...forgive your brother or sister from your heart." But, yes, it is true that Christianity is to be practiced together, exactly because we are to love one another. Christ even said: "By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another."


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I don't. Even if religiosity and family structure are both declining, it doesn't mean one causes the other at all. Besides which, it is foolish to think you can force these things onto society. Instead, social issues should be examined and try to root out the true causes. Religion declines as knowledge of sciences grows. Two income families seem to be needed to afford a household in middle class. Equal rights for women does cause some change in household structures. Marriage and commitments between people have been on the decline. The changes in household structures are not directly related to religion.

Truth is within you

If you attribute your connection to God to society, you are living according to the world.


And this makes sense, since if you break down US statistics into states this is the obvious connection. Soooo Nearly half of LGBT Americans are religiously unaffiliated. Nearly half (46%) of Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are religiously unaffiliated. This is roughly twice the number of Americans overall (24%) who are religiously unaffiliated. WHY? White Christians have become a minority in the Democratic Party. Fewer than one in three (29%) Democrats today are white Christian, compared to half (50%) one decade earlier. Only 14% of young Democrats (age 18 to 29) identify as white Christian. Forty percent identify as religiously unaffiliated. WHY?