Interfaith America: ‘Being both’ is a rising trend

23 Nov

Over the past 50 years, the United States has seen a dramatic growth in both the number and acceptance of interfaith marriages. In what scholars see as a steady progression since the 1960s, the country has morphed from a society in which religious intermarriage was relatively rare (1 in 10 marriages in the beginning of the 20th century) to one today in which it is more likely that couples marrying will come from different religious backgrounds. While a generation ago a marriage between a Catholic and a Jew would raise the ire of not a few family and clergy members, today it is generally uncontroversial; in 2008, about 80 percent of adults ages 18 to 23 approved of intermarriage.

This is from a fascinating report by Stephanie Hanes in the current issue of the Christian Science Monitor. (Here in Sioux County, Iowa, it is still more likely that an interfaith marriage is one between a member of the Reformed Church in America and a member of the Christian Reformed Church. But even here, things change, albeit more slowly than elsewhere.)

You can read the entire story here: Interfaith America: ‘Being both’ is a rising trend in the US – CSMonitor.com.

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