Marriage & religious diversity
In previous generations, the church, synagogue, mosque, temple, etc. were main meeting places for single people. Families were adament about keeping with traditions that had been set upon them. Thus, there were Christian singles dating, attempts to encourage Jewish believers to date only other Jews, restrictions on Muslim women to only marry a Muslim man, etc. As a result, most marriages were between individuals who were not only of the same religion, but also of the same denomination within the same religion.
With the large scale abandonment by older teens and young adults of organized religion, and the rise of Internet dating sites, more single people are meeting others from different denomination and even from different religions. And so, an increasing percentage of marriages are inter-faith (a.k.a. mixed, mixed-faith, interchurch, interfaith, intrafaith, bicultural, or interreligious) marriages.
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Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published: 1999-MAR-16
Last update: 2011-JAN-28