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Study: Living Around Protestants Increases Your Chances for Divorce

Well, this is interesting. Researchers have found that living in an area with a large concentration of conservative Protestants increases your chances for divorce—even if you, yourself, are not a Christian at all. According to researchers, “Conservative Protestant community norms and the institutions they create seem to increase divorce risk,” suggesting that the high value of marriage among Protestants may make those with struggling relationships less likely to seek help. While they can only hazard guesses a to why, they say that the data indicates that if the proportion of Christians in the average American county were to move from 0% to 100%, the local divorce rate would double …

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