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Vox Day declared that according to the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) "more than half of all atheists and agnostics don’t get married."[1]

Christian apologist Michael Caputo wrote:

Recently the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has published its mammoth study on Religion in America based on 35,000 interviews... According to the Pew Forum a whopping 37% of atheists never marry as opposed to 19% of the American population, 17% of Protestants and 17% of Catholics.[2]

Vox Day declared that according to the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) "more than half of all atheists and agnostics don’t get married."[3]

Furthermore, the Christian apologist Ken Ammi wrote in his atheism article at Creation Ministries International:

“According to Barna, ‘Forty-two percent of adults who associate with a faith other than Christianity had co-habited, while atheists were the most likely to do so (51%).

“It is critical to stress that it is a well known fact that cohabiters experience a very high number of ‘breakups’ before getting married. ‘Millions of people … believe that cohabitation is a prelude to marriage. And for many, it is. However, Smock reports that 45% of cohabitations break up with no marriage. Another 10% continue cohabiting.’

“Barna did not include this enlightening fact in his research. Thus, if 21% of atheists divorce after marriage, and 45 % break up once or more before marriage, what we have is the astounding rate of about 66% of atheist couples experiencing ‘at least’ one break up. If, however, the number is 37%, then we have a shocking figure of 82% …

“What needs mentioning is the fact that many atheists do not cohabit as a prelude to marriage. They in fact see cohabitation as ‘equivalent’ to any marriage relationship … These break ups were not included in the Barna research …

“The appellation ‘Christian’ a Christian does not make. There are great numbers of people in this world who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have never internalized the teachings of Jesus Christ." … [4]

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Other factors related to low marriage rates of atheists

Women are more likely to find atheism unappealing. See: Atheism and women

Survey data and website tracking data of prominent atheists' websites indicate that in the Western World, atheism is significantly less appealing to women.[5][6][7] Studies also indicate that atheists are a minority in the population. In addition, studies indicate that people tend to marry people with similar values or who resemble their parents or themselves.[8][9]

Irreligion and domestic violence

The irreligious have a higher rate of domestic violence (See: Irreligion and domestic violence).

Atheists and interfaith marriages

See also: Atheism and interfaith marriages and Atheist marriages

Atheism is a worldview and a religion (see: Atheist worldview and Atheism is a religion) with a variety of commonly held beliefs among atheists (see: Atheism and beliefs).

Given that atheism appears to be significantly less appealing to women, atheists are a minority in many parts of the world and that people tend to marry people with similar values or who resemble their parents or themselves; this would suggest that male atheists may find it more difficult to find prospective female partners for marriage. And of course, militant atheism might make matters even more difficult.

Furthermore, the Bible teaches Christians not to marry a non-Christian (The Bible also teaches a believer to stay married to a non-believer if you are already married).[10] Also, interfaith marriages often have greater marital friction and interfaith marriages historically have had higher rates of divorce.[11] According to a Washington Post article, "According to calculations based on the American Religious Identification Survey of 2001, people who had been in mixed-religion marriages were three times more likely to be divorced or separated than those who were in same-religion marriages." [12] Therefore, it would not be surprising if atheist/theist marriages also have increased marital friction and higher rates of divorce since these two worldviews are so different.

No doubt partly due to atheist men significantly outnumbering atheist women and the fact that atheists lean towards the liberal/left end of the political spectrum, the NY Times reported that "Secular Americans welcome the rise of interfaith unions as a sign of societal progress."[13]

Atheist marriages

See: Atheist marriages

Unattractiveness of atheists as potential marriage partners

Atheists have a reputation for being arrogant, angry, socially challenged, immoral, uncharitable, cowardly and engaging in profanity, so their attractiveness as a potential marriage partner is significantly diminished (see: Atheism and arrogance and Atheism and anger and Atheism and social intelligence and Atheism and morality and Atheism and uncharitableness and Atheism and cowardice and Atheism and profanity).

See also: Views on atheists

Atheism and polymory

See: Atheism and polymory

Atheist marriages and childless couples

See also: Decline of global atheism

Michael Blume, a researcher at the University of Jena in Germany, wrote concerning the sub-replacement fertility rates of most atheist populations: "Most societies or communities that have espoused atheistic beliefs have not survived more than a century." Blume also indicated concerning concerning his research on this matter: "What I found was the complete lack of a single case of a secular population, community or movement that would just manage to retain replacement level."[14]

In addition, professor Eric Kaufmann using a multitude of demographic studies argues in an academic paper entitled Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century the decline of atheism in terms of its global adherents is an established trend that will persist for the foreseeable future and the rate of decline will accelerate. In the Western World, due to immigration and the higher birth rates of religious people, Kaufman writes: "Committed religious populations are growing in the West, and will reverse the march of secularism before 2050."

Atheism, Marriage and suicide

See also: Atheism, marriage and suicide

Pitzer College sociologist Phil Zuckerman declared concerning suicide rates: "this is the one indicator of societal health in which religious nations fare much better than secular nations." Please see: Atheism and depression and Atheism and suicide

The atheist population has a higher suicide rate than theists (see: Atheism and suicide).

Christian apologist Michael Caputo wrote:

Recently the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has published its mammoth study on Religion in America based on 35,000 interviews... According to the Pew Forum a whopping 37% of atheists never marry as opposed to 19% of the American population, 17% of Protestants and 17% of Catholics.[15]

Vox Day declared that according to the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) "more than half of all atheists and agnostics don’t get married."[16]

According the website Marriage and Family Encyclopedia:

Marital status has a strong association with rates of completed suicide. Suicide rates are higher in the divorced and widowed than in single people, who in turn have higher suicide rates than married people. This protective effect of marriage on suicide is stronger for men than for women, although it is found for both men and women (Gove 1972).[17]

Prominent atheists whose wives believe in the existence of God

The president of the American Atheists organization, David Silverman, hasn't been able to convince his wife to become an atheist through deeds and/or spoken words.[18] See: Prominent atheists whose wives believe in the existence of God

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See also: Prominent atheists whose wives believe in the existence of God and Atheism and women

Below is a list of prominent atheist who have wives that believe in the existence of God:

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Notes

  1. http://creation.com/atheism
  2. http://creation.com/atheism
  3. http://creation.com/atheism
  4. Atheism = Mario Grinbank - Creation Ministries International
  5. http://www.americanreligionsurvey-aris.org/reports/NONES_08.pdf
  6. http://www.livescience.com/culture/090227-religion-men-women.html
  7. http://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_appears_to_be_significantly_less_appealing_to_women
  8. http://www.physorg.com/news199509031.html
  9. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/6188
  10. http://www.gotquestions.org/household-salvation.html
  11. http://blogs.chron.com/believeitornot/2010/06/interfaith_marriages_more_like_1.html
  12. Interfaith marriages are rising fast, but they're failing fast too, By Naomi Schaefer Riley Sunday, June 6, 2010
  13. Interfaith Unions: A Mixed Blessing By NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY, New York Times, Published: April 5, 2013
  14. Atheists a dying breed as nature 'favours faithful' - Sunday Times Jan 02 2011 - Jonathan Leake - Full Draft Version from Michael Blume, 06. January 2011, 11:11
  15. http://creation.com/atheism
  16. http://creation.com/atheism
  17. http://family.jrank.org/pages/1659/Suicide-Marital-Status-Family.html#ixzz1RJRmwSPF
  18. David Silverman
  19. David Silverman
  20. About Austin Cline
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