25 April 2015

Pro-family? Support atheism!

A 2014 study by Glass and Levchak in the American Journal of Sociology shows that conservative protestants (and, surprisingly, people who live around them) are more likely to divorce. After accounting for factors such as poverty, violence, and southern culture (which tend to go together), the researchers conclude that it's the culture of promoting younger marriages and childbirth that largely explains the result. This map (which is kind of hard to read) shows the tendency of the Christianity and divorce to clump together (the dark blue-green squares).

This map could be juxtaposed with a series of maps I discussed a couple years ago in this post.

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