Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

5 Tips for a Happier Marriage

February 22nd, 2014 Comments off

Are you looking for a more joyful, peace-filled marriage? By making small changes in your habits, attitudes, and spirituality you can improve your relationships. Here are five simple ways for couples to grow closer to God and to each other: Read more…

No, Christianity is Not Bad for Marriage: Brad Wilcox on Red State Family Structure and Conservative Protestantism

February 21st, 2014 Comments off
By – February 11

Andrew Walker discusses the article Red States, Blue States, and Divorce: Understanding the Impact of Conservative Protestantism on Regional Variation in Divorce Rates with Dr. Bradford Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. He is also a Visiting Scholar for the American Enterprise Institute. The article referenced in this interview was written by Jennifer Glass, University of Texas, and Philip Levchak, University of Iowa, and was published in the January 2014 American Journal of Sociology. You can find Dr. Wilcox on twitter. Read more…

Don’t forget the conference this weekend!

February 13th, 2014 Comments off

Getting married young? It’s good for your mental health

January 31st, 2014 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story: More religiously conservative protestants? More divorce, study finds

In an effort to discover why red states have higher divorce rates than many blue states, researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Iowa compared select county divorce statistics against information on Protestant congregations in those counties.  They discovered, according to the LA Times, that “Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants – and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them.”  The researchers blame this in part on young marriage, which they say occurs more often in conservative Protestant counties where “[p]harmacies might not give out emergency contraception” and “[s]chools might only teach abstinence education.”  W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and editorial advisor for The Family in America, commented that the findings were “surprising.”

Wilcox also pointed out, however, something that the media barely touches upon in their reports: that the study “also showed that more ‘secularism’ – people not adhering to any religious tradition – was also linked to higher rates of divorce.” Read more…

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Save up to marry or marry to save up?

January 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Delayed marriage and its negative ramifications–Here is yet another issue that we will be tackling at the “Healing the 21st Century Family” conference on  February 15, 2014. Click here for more information.

Young adults are marrying after achieving education, career and finance goals rather than building a life around marriage. Read more…

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Make your marriage happier with 101 tips from the Ruth Institute

December 11th, 2013 Comments off

If you are looking for practical, concrete ways to improve your marriage, be sure to check out the newly released book, 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other (Ave Maria Press), by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes. Read more…

Marriage Through the Eyes of a Child

December 9th, 2013 Comments off


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seems to be taking to heart Jesus’ admonition that we must become like children if we’re to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18).

The bishops recently published a pamphlet: “Life Matters: Explaining the Reality of Marriage to Family and Friends.” Read more…

Marry Young

December 9th, 2013 Comments off

I got married at 23. What are the rest of you waiting for?

These days, young married couples are an anomaly. In pop culture, they usually get married at a surprise wedding: Think Andy and April in Parks and Recreation or Jessa and Thomas-John (who’s not really young) in Girls. Before the bouquet toss, viewers were counting down to the divorce episode, probably because celebrities have taught us that it won’t last. Britney Spears’ first marriage was annulled within hours, and she racked up a second divorce before age 26. At age 22, Jessica Simpson scored a reality television show about her marriage to Nick Lachey: The couple divorced three seasons (er, years) later. Is it any wonder the world scoffed at Miley Cyrus’ plan for three weddings? Read more…

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Loneliness and True Love: Healing the Family in the 21st Century

November 25th, 2013 Comments off

Here is a video of Dr. Morse giving a talk at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota on October 1, 2013. Watch and enjoy.

Divorced From Reality

November 21st, 2013 Comments off

Don’t blame the gay lobby for the decline of marriage.

By Stephen Baskerville, a Ruth Institute Circle of Experts member

This article was originally published November 22nd, 2010, at

Defenders of marriage must face some hard facts or they are going to lose their fight—and with it, quite possibly, their religious freedom as well. Federal judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling nullifying Proposition 8 in California illustrates that, unless we can demonstrate very specific reasons why same-sex marriage is socially destructive, it will soon be the law of the land. Read more…