Study: Born-again Christians as likely to divorce as nonbelievers

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2001

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- Born-again Christians are as likely as nonbelievers to get divorced, according to a report by the Barna Research Group.

About 33 percent of born-again Christians have ended their marriages, compared to 34 percent for those who have not embraced Jesus, said researchers. Nearly all of the born-again adults were divorced after they accepted Christ, Barna found in its Aug. 6 report.

Study respondents were considered born-again if they stated a personal commitment to Christ and believe they will go to heaven when they die because they confessed their sins and accept Christ as their savior, researchers said.

George Barna, president of the research firm, said it was ''especially unsettling'' to find that faith has not kept more born-again couples together.

In June, the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, said it was working on a blueprint for churches on preparing followers for marriage and ministering to single parents.

The survey is based on telephone interviews with 7,043 adults nationwide between January 2000 and this July. The study has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Barna is a marketing research company analyzing cultural trends and Christian churches since 1984.


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