Interfaith dating and marriage

16-Jun-2017 02:05

This seems to be a major driver of the assimilation of American Muslims. Children of interfaith couples are more than twice as likely to adopt the faith of their mother as the faith of their father. In America, anyway, mothers are typically the ones in charge of family religious practice--they are more likely to attend church, read the Bible and shuttle children to religious school. A quarter of couples in same-faith marriages actually started off in different faith ones.

This suggests not only that religion in America is remarkably fluid, but also that spouses can have a powerful influence over one's spiritual choices. The older you are, the more likely you are to marry outside of the faith--67% of people who marry between 36 and 45 are in interfaith marriages.

In my work as a dating coach, I'm hearing more and more clients say that they are open to dating someone of another ethnicity or religion.

However, I have also been seeing more relationships break up years down the road when the couple realizes that they have a difference in core values that even love cannot reconcile.

Like when my mother joined the board of a Jewish group in our area who brought in a guest speaker to talk about keeping the religion "pure" and making sure the congregation's kids didn't marry outside of the faith.

Or when my father and I were guilted into taking the body of Christ at my sister's Catholic wedding.

And so the contact that occurs through an extended family connection is also likely to have this effect.

Naomi Schaefer Riley a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.

Luckily, supportive parents with a strong moral compass kept me on the straight and narrow, but their relationship couldn't weather certain storms.

But that was decades ago and now we're living in modern times.

Times when there's a public outcry over a Cheerios ad featuring an interracial couple.

If this is true, the rise in religious intermarriage over time may not be as pronounced as it appears, since the Religious Landscape Study measures only marriages intact today (i.e., it is possible there were more intermarriages before 1960 that have since ended in divorce).

In any case, interfaith relationships are even common today among unmarried people living with a romantic partner than among those who are married.

Muslims, Catholics and Protestants fall somewhere in the middle.

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