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(Salon)   Atheist marriages last longer than Christian marriages   (salon.com) divider line 162
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2013-11-02 12:56:26 AM
Atheists marry for a lifetime, not an eternity.
 
2013-11-02 01:02:29 AM
So well off old people are less likely to divorce than poor young people regardless of faith? Got it.
 
2013-11-02 01:07:08 AM
it's a matter of faith
 
2013-11-02 01:13:01 AM
It just seems like it
 
2013-11-02 01:42:25 AM
Atheist honeymoons, on the other hand, are strangely quiet.
 
2013-11-02 01:56:16 AM
Of course. Most of the Christians I know who got married did it so they could "finally have sex". No wonder they get divorced more often if they're saying "I do" just so they can "do it".
 
2013-11-02 03:39:47 AM

Chariset: Atheist honeymoons, on the other hand, are strangely quiet.


We tumbled in the front door and I begged him to get the blasted dress off of me  I washed the stuff of my face and we crashed.  So far, so good.
 
2013-11-02 04:31:29 AM
But a bigger factor may be economics, pure and simple. In the words of some analysts, marriage is becoming a luxury good, with each partner, consciously or subconsciously looking for someone who will pull their weight financially and declining to support one who won't. "The doctor used to marry the nurse," says Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. "Today the doctor marries the doctor."

what shallow people
 
2013-11-02 06:39:15 AM
Marriage is a religion.
 
2013-11-02 06:40:05 AM

fusillade762: Marriage is a religion.


nice
 
2013-11-02 06:43:53 AM
So... Rational people are better at long-term planning than irrational people?

I'm shocked.
 
2013-11-02 06:44:15 AM
it's probably true, but isn't reprinting an "article" from AlterNet pretty much scraping the bottom of reading material?
 
2013-11-02 06:45:09 AM

fusillade762: Marriage is a religion.


Is fusillade your surname?
 
2013-11-02 06:48:19 AM
What is ironic about it? There's these nuggets right in the owners manual (for those who bother to read it):

Jesus says that he has come to destroy families by making family members hate each other. He has "come not to send peace, but a sword." Matt 10:34-36

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26

"It is not good to marry." After Jesus denounces divorce, his disciples say that if divorce isn't allowed, then "it is good not to marry." Jesus agrees by saying that it is better to make yourself a eunuch "for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it." Matt 19:10

 Abandon your wife and children for Jesus and he'll give you a big reward. Matt 19:29  3:2-6   <a data-cke-saved-href="<a href=" href="<a href=" http:="" skepticsannotatedbible.com="" 1pet="" 3.html#2"="" target="_blank">
 
2013-11-02 06:48:41 AM
That's because God actually likes atheists and he does favors for them and stuff....
 
2013-11-02 06:52:43 AM

log_jammin: But a bigger factor may be economics, pure and simple. In the words of some analysts, marriage is becoming a luxury good, with each partner, consciously or subconsciously looking for someone who will pull their weight financially and declining to support one who won't. "The doctor used to marry the nurse," says Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. "Today the doctor marries the doctor."

what shallow people


Shallow? Have you seen the price of gas lately? It's pragmatism, not being shallow.

That said, it's worth your while to marry as close to your intelligence level as possible. People are living longer, and you'll want someone worth talking to in your "golden years" too.
 
2013-11-02 06:54:54 AM
Announces Professor Ric Romero, of the Wellduh Endowment, at the University of No Shiat Sherlock.
 
2013-11-02 06:55:02 AM
Unless you are an atheist and you marry a Christian whose relatives were always saying that it never works with an unbeliever...

I hate the ex-in-laws...
 
2013-11-02 06:55:17 AM
Would you buy a car without test driving it? Buy a pair of shoes without trying them on?
 
2013-11-02 06:58:08 AM

autopsybeverage: It's pragmatism, not being shallow.


It's a merger, possibly a buy out.

I guess if the decided to become swingers later, their first orgy would be their IPO.
 
2013-11-02 07:03:01 AM

log_jammin: autopsybeverage: It's pragmatism, not being shallow.

It's a merger, possibly a buy out.

I guess if the decided to become swingers later, their first orgy would be their IPO.


Well, it's like my old economics professor said: "there really are no mergers, the bigger one always eats the smaller one."
 
2013-11-02 07:05:37 AM
*brought to you by Non-Christians with an Axe to Grind and Funding to Make it Happen.
 
2013-11-02 07:06:37 AM

Sid_6.7: Of course. Most of the Christians I know who got married did it so they could "finally have sex". No wonder they get divorced more often if they're saying "I do" just so they can "do it".


DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!
 
2013-11-02 07:07:24 AM

Sid_6.7: Of course. Most of the Christians I know who got married did it so they could "finally have sex".


They might tell you that, but. . .

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/may/sex-lives-of-unmarried- ev angelicals.html
 
2013-11-02 07:17:24 AM

Whole Wheat: *brought to you by Non-Christians with an Axe to Grind and Funding to Make it Happen.


I think it would be really good for society if religious people got it through their heads that their belief systems don't make them morally superior to others. Research is showing that, and it is hard to imagine the motivations of someone who does not want this information to be known.
Everybody in the world has an "axe to grind" - that's not even a real criticism.
 
2013-11-02 07:17:34 AM
"Atheist marriages civil unions last longer than Christian marriages"

/FTFS
//Marriage is a religion based union/conjugation.
 
2013-11-02 07:18:07 AM
I bet that 95% of this goes away/reverses if you control for income and education.
 
2013-11-02 07:18:46 AM

Smoking GNU: Sid_6.7: Of course. Most of the Christians I know who got married did it so they could "finally have sex". No wonder they get divorced more often if they're saying "I do" just so they can "do it".

DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!


would have been funnier as "DING! DONG!..." (in an adolescent kind of way anyway)
 
2013-11-02 07:19:52 AM

antidisestablishmentarianism: So well off old people are less likely to divorce than poor young people regardless of faith? Got it.


Once you shovel the smirking self-congratulatory BS out of that article to get to the actual research, that is pretty much what we're left with.
 
2013-11-02 07:20:04 AM

Chariset: Atheist honeymoons, on the other hand, are strangely quiet.


Why? Because during christian honeymoons, the couples usually won't stop singing psalms or something?
 
2013-11-02 07:20:44 AM
Atheist honeymoon

armedangryatheist.com
/hot like the fires of hell
 
2013-11-02 07:21:43 AM

new_york_monty: Atheists marry for a lifetime, not an eternity.


I have that T-shirt.
 
2013-11-02 07:22:05 AM
Probably because the kinky isn't taboo. It's just the way it goes. Totally unhinged sex whenever without regrets.
 
2013-11-02 07:23:22 AM
Chariset:
Atheist honeymoons, on the other hand, are strangely quiet.

Nothing but the sound of their satanic prayer beads and Neil DeGrasse Tyson videos.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-02 07:25:36 AM

Son of Thunder: antidisestablishmentarianism: So well off old people are less likely to divorce than poor young people regardless of faith? Got it.

Once you shovel the smirking self-congratulatory BS out of that article to get to the actual research, that is pretty much what we're left with.


I would expect as much. The point here is not that atheists necessarily have better family lives than religious folks - the point is that the social cliche of religion being necessary to a healthy personal or family life is false.
 
2013-11-02 07:29:05 AM

WTFDYW: Probably because the kinky isn't taboo. It's just the way it goes. Totally unhinged sex whenever without regrets.


Go on.. you have my full attention.
 
2013-11-02 07:29:42 AM

new_york_monty: Atheists marry for a lifetime, not an eternity.


Nor according to the US divorce rate. Or are those people just not real Christians?
 
2013-11-02 07:30:44 AM

markfara: Sid_6.7: Of course. Most of the Christians I know who got married did it so they could "finally have sex".

They might tell you that, but. . .

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/may/sex-lives-of-unmarried- ev angelicals.html


religion, politics, ideology, etc... it make no difference. people can, and will, make up a way to justify to themselves what they are doing even if it goes again something they believe in(or claim to believe in).

Christians are going to break the 10 commandments, Conservatives are going to run deficits and intrusive big government, and Free Thought Blogs are going to ban people they disagree with.

It's just the way of things. people are selfish assholes.
 
2013-11-02 07:31:29 AM

Peter von Nostrand: new_york_monty: Atheists marry for a lifetime, not an eternity.

Nor according to the US divorce rate. Or are those people just not real Christians?


*whoosh!*
 
2013-11-02 07:34:03 AM
only 2% difference?

I'd expect more marriage distractions for these guys...what homewrecker wouldn't be chasing this guy?

img.fark.net
 
2013-11-02 07:34:16 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: "Atheist marriages civil unions last longer than Christian marriages"

/FTFS
//Marriage is a religion based union/conjugation.


Not according to my CPA.
 
2013-11-02 07:37:15 AM

blindio: HindiDiscoMonster: "Atheist marriages civil unions last longer than Christian marriages"

/FTFS
//Marriage is a religion based union/conjugation.

Not according to my CPA.


never said anything about legal definitions, I was talking about reality.

/reality and legal systems are rarely in line with each other.
 
2013-11-02 07:39:38 AM
I think you'd find that people who have hardline uncompromising views tend to be harder to get along with for extended periods of time. And devoting your body and soul to a sky being probably requires being pretty uncompromising.
 
2013-11-02 07:41:06 AM

Whole Wheat: *brought to you by Non-Christians with an Axe to Grind and Funding to Make it Happen.


Sorry to break it to ya, but we atheists don't have much in the way of funding, and certainly don't have an entire country (Vatican City) funded for our religion, speaking of our so-called funds.
Vatican City= billions upon billions of dollars
Church funding= billions upon billions of dollars
Whatever represents atheists= couple hundred bucks and very likely run outta someone's living room, after the wife's weekly book club meetings

The ax to grind part?
Kinda funny considering the crypto-uber Christians are still mad about not getting their way, despite running every other aspect of American society.
 
2013-11-02 07:41:52 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: blindio: HindiDiscoMonster: "Atheist marriages civil unions last longer than Christian marriages"

/FTFS
//Marriage is a religion based union/conjugation.

Not according to my CPA.

never said anything about legal definitions, I was talking about reality.

/reality and legal systems are rarely in line with each other.


Unlike reality and religious dogma, which never align, or indeed inhabit the same dimension.
 
2013-11-02 07:41:54 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: blindio: HindiDiscoMonster: "Atheist marriages civil unions last longer than Christian marriages"

/FTFS
//Marriage is a religion based union/conjugation.

Not according to my CPA.

never said anything about legal definitions, I was talking about reality.

/reality and legal systems are rarely in line with each other.


true. but definitions also change over time.
 
2013-11-02 07:41:57 AM
Evangelicals see marriage as a temporary sex (well, non-anal sex) licence.
 
2013-11-02 07:42:36 AM
Honestly, if I had to guess, these numbers would bear out this way because in my experience Atheists don't always marry out of love.  They have relationships out of love, they live together out of love, but the decision to marry is can be for more pragmatic reasons.

To Atheists, marriage isn't about making their union more spiritual, or making things appropriate in the eyes of God.  It's about tax implications and property rights and death benefits.  Yes, love factors in, but when you really think about it, for Atheists there's no spiritual difference between marriage and living together, it's just semantics until legal concerns and societal  pressures are factored in.

/Atheist who had to explain to my stepmother why there wouldn't be a christening.
 
2013-11-02 07:42:42 AM

RidersOfLohan: only 2% difference?

I'd expect more marriage distractions for these guys...what homewrecker wouldn't be chasing this guy?

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I always loved the atheist view of the universe....

something came from nothing and dissolves into nothing again sometime in the future and anyone you meet along the way is nothing but random happen stance of random events randomly converging to produce something out of very specific chemical compounds into something that may be considered sentient based on your personal definition of what that is, and then, when it's existence terminates it was all for nothing.

I don't think if I tried, I could come up with a more depressing view of the universe...
 
2013-11-02 07:45:15 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: RidersOfLohan: only 2% difference?

I'd expect more marriage distractions for these guys...what homewrecker wouldn't be chasing this guy?

[img.fark.net image 500x638]

I always loved the atheist view of the universe....

something came from nothing and dissolves into nothing again sometime in the future and anyone you meet along the way is nothing but random happen stance of random events randomly converging to produce something out of very specific chemical compounds into something that may be considered sentient based on your personal definition of what that is, and then, when it's existence terminates it was all for nothing.

I don't think if I tried, I could come up with a more depressing view of the universe...


Like your only purpose of being is to shlong-vaccuum the thing who made you or get thrown into an eternal pit of flaming sulphur?
 
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