Marriage and family rates for Americans aged 25 to 49 dropped 30% in the last 50 years, according to data published in September by the Pew Research Center.
“The American family has undergone significant change in recent decades. There is no longer one predominant family form, and Americans are experiencing family life in increasingly diverse ways,” the report reads. But experts say this breakdown is uniquely linked to a divergence from Christianity, the Washington Stand reported.
Back in the 1970s, some 67% of young adult to middle aged Americans were married and had children living in the same home. This number has dropped to 37% in 2023.
Christianity Is Key
Additional research conducted by Communio found similar results, and linked the “collapse of marriage and fatherhood” to a decrease in Christianity. Some 80% of churchgoers had parents who stayed married. And adults who had close relationships with their father were 25% more likely to stay in their faith.
“For those in the church interested in seeing a renewal of faith, [we] need to see a renewal of marriage,” Communio founder J.P De Gance said, noting that “Christian marriage” needs to be “central.”
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