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Ringless Fingers, Depopulated Pews

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

August 24-30, 2008 Issue | Posted 8/19/08 at 3:04 PM


As marriage goes, so goes the vitality of the Church. That’s according to a new study by Princeton University sociology professor Robert Wuthnow, who found a connection between falling church attendance and increasing numbers of young adults delaying, or just saying No to, a walk down the aisle. The study revealed that men are 57% less likely to regularly attend church if they are not married, while single women are 41% less likely to attend church than their married counterparts.