Marriage Rates By Religion
I recently met another young man my age who was married (at least I am assuming the woman with him was his wife). I have now done a count of people about my age I know well and am in contact with. The results are that 8/25 = 32% who were unmarried 2 years ago are now married. There were two people I excluded because they were already married 2 years ago, and three I excluded because I do not have current data.
If I break it down by religion, I get:
||1 / 7
||0 / 1
||6 / 15
||0 / 1
||1 / 1
From this, I would conclude that the Christians-should-marry-young faction is doing well. This is not unexpected, as they have several good arguments. In contrast, the opposed arguments I have seen tend to be spurious or just plain wrong. Incidentally, if anyone does know of some good against arguments, please tell me.
However, if I break the marriage distribution down by strength of religious conviction (for atheists, this means conviction that there is not a god), I get:
Note: This a lot of guesswork in this one
||7 / 14
||1 / 11
Based on this, It seems like the religion itself is not so important. For the less populous religions (at least on my list), the Muslim (married) was a serious believer, but the Hindu and Buddhist (both unmarried) were not.
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