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The Science of Cohabitation

26 November 2011


Genn T. Stanton was interviewed by Christianity Today earlier this autumn.  He gives stats about the dangers of living together before marriage.   It is disappointing for most ministrers the number of even Christian youth who live together before they marry (if they marry).

Here is the link to the article here.

Have you found stats like these helpful in your pre-marital counseling or is it mostly a case of locking the barn door after the horses have run away?

How could you use stats like these?

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One Comments to “The Science of Cohabitation”

  1. I didn’t see any statistical data in the interview – I’m sure there’s data in the book – but my question is “how do the dangers of cohabitation compare to the dangers of marriage?” Whenever I read about cohabitation as being statistically worse than marriage its often a juxtaposition of the worst that cohabitation brings and the most ideal form of marriage (you see that a lot in this article with the only upside to cohabitation is more sex). I’d be interested to read a comparison of apples to apples – the worst of each – to scientifically demonstrate the superiority of one over the other.

    Some questions I would like to compare between the two categories: What’s the divorce rate? What percentage of each category experiences spousal and/or child abuse? What percentage experience drug/alcohol/sexual addictions? Statistically, which of the two is more likely to have one or both partners adultery? What’s the difference between christian cohabitators and secular marriage relationships or any combination thereof?

    I don’t know the answer to these questions but I do know the realistic state of marriage isn’t what Hauerwas talks about at the end of this article and the vision that Hauerwas casts can be achieved by member of both categories.

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