The effect of the disruption of the marriage marketplace

IFS studies has another article examining How Ideology and Religion Relate to Marriage. All charts were created by them.

It actually appears that “religious conservatives” still marry off at a rate higher than the other groups, even with the disruptions in the potential marriage marketplace in regard to sex before marriage and many more requirements/qualifications for marriage.

I believe this trend continues even despite the cohabitation data we examined earlier. The overall increases in cohabitation don’t make up for the gaps we see between the religious conservatives and the other groups. I believe this makes some sense because men and women who are targeting marriage are indeed more likely to get married than those who just fall into it.

There is still a significantly large gap from 5% -> 18% (or 8% -> 25% or 7% -> 25%) among religious conservatives is the big issue. EAPs (“Evangelical American Princesses”) are pricing themselves out the market much like some of the women who were following Bushnell’s sex and the city lifestyle. , even though Bushnell herself and other UMC ended up “sticking their landing.” Likewise, the men who “failed to launch” or haven’t been trained properly (by the Church or their family) to lead but instead to be “nice” and “wait for God to bring someone” and “godliness is attractive” are also likely being priced out on the bottom fringes.

All of this to say is that we need to be focused on teaching and discipling our children about these things, and mentoring men and women who want to learn as they are able. Only way you can bring about individual Christian success stories, which may add up to large success stories in the long run. There’s no society wide fix, but God can use individuals to influence those around them.

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5 Responses to The effect of the disruption of the marriage marketplace

  1. Oscar says:

    Good find, brother. Have you ever found a breakdown of average (or median) age at marriage for religious conservatives, liberals, secular, etc.?

  2. Joe2 says:

    It actually appears that “religious conservatives” still marry off at a rate higher than the other groups, even with the disruptions in the potential marriage marketplace in regard to sex before marriage and many more requirements/qualifications for marriage.

    Yes, they marry off at a rate higher than other groups, but their marriage rate may be influenced by their income. The author points out that 42 percent of never married adults are lower income vs 23 percent for higher income and Americans with a college degree are more likely to enter marriage than those without a college education. The higher rate could be attributable in part to income. When compared to other groups, is it possible a greater portion of “religious conservatives” are of a higher income?

    Click to access final2-ifs-single-americansbrief2020.pdf

  3. Oscar says:

    @ Joe2

    The higher rate could be attributable in part to income. When compared to other groups, is it possible a greater portion of “religious conservatives” are of a higher income?

    Apparently not.

    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/11/how-income-varies-among-u-s-religious-groups/

  4. @ Oscar

    I have not, but I will try to dig something up. If I do find something there will be a post but if not then probably not.

  5. Anonymous Reader says:

    I’ve been pointed to an author named Zachery Garris, author of a recent book entitled Masculine Christianity. Anyone heard or read of this man before?

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