Concordia Theological Monthly

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marriage, engagement, family, lutheran, divorce, betrothal, christian, courtship

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Europeans have long charged that Americans are the "most married," the "youngest married," and the "most divorced" of any people in the civilized world. What concerns us most is that the charge is true. We do have one of the highest proportions of population married. Our marriage rate is fifty per cent higher than that of a country such as France or Switzerland. It is double that of Mexico or Ireland! We are so eager to marry that we marry at an earlier age with every passing decade. Just within the last ten years the age at which men marry has dropped from 24.4 to 22 years. During the same period the average age for women marrying has decreased from 21.5 to slightly under 20 years.


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Laity; Ministers; Scholars