|RELIGION GOOD FOR MARRIAGE, RESEARCHER SAYS|
"Religion is good for marriage," US researcher Michael Lawler said last week at a meeting on ministry to interchurch marriages.
"Churches have to be involved in marriage preparation as extensively as they can be," said Lawler, a theology professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and director of the university's Centre for Marriage and Family.
The meeting focused on a national study Lawler conducted comparing interchurch and same-church marriages.
One of the study's findings, Lawler said, was that joint involvement in religious activities was one of the "three greatest predictors of marital stability." The second predictor was, he said: the fewer religious differences a couple had, the less likely they were to end up separated or divorced. He said the third biggest factor was whether the person's family approved of the spouse when they got married.