[quote="Daegus, post:3, topic:229880"]
I'm sure that the supposed myth comes from the fact that many people who think they're Christian but are actually not (lapsed, JW, w/e) are the ones getting the most divorces. But even if Christians are not getting divorced at as high of a rate as we once thought, the rate is still quite high, especially for we Christians who put the most value on marriage and staying together.
I was thinking that also. When they do those studies or surveys, they likely do not properly define religion. So you'll have bunches of people who are only nominally Catholic or Christian but not practicing identifying themselves as that religion. They should at least follow the religion question with a question on to what extent the religion is practiced.
The page the OP links to importantly points out:
The factor making the most difference is religious commitment and practice. Couples who regularly practice any combination of serious religious behaviors and attitudes -- attend church nearly every week, read their Bibles and spiritual materials regularly; pray privately and together; generally take their faith seriously, living not as perfect disciples, but serious disciples -- enjoy significantly lower divorce rates than mere church members, the general public and unbelievers.
The divorce rates of Christian believers are not identical to the general population -- not even close. Being a committed, faithful believer makes a measurable difference in marriage.
Saying you believe something or merely belonging to a church, unsurprisingly, does little for marriage. But the more you are involved in the actual practice of your faith in real ways -- through submitting yourself to a serious body of believers, learning regularly from Scripture, being in communion with God though prayer individually and with your spouse and children, and having friends and family around you who challenge you to take you marriage's seriously -- the greater difference this makes in strengthening both the quality and longevity of our marriages. Faith does matter and the leading sociologists of family and religion tell us so.
Two very important points.