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Changing FaithThe Dynamics and Consequences of Americans' Shifting Religious Identities$
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Darren E. Sherkat

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741269

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741269.001.0001

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Faith, Family, and Fortune

Faith, Family, and Fortune

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Changing Faith

Darren E. Sherkat

NYU Press

This chapter examines how religious identification influences fortune, family, and the management of sexuality. It first considers patterns of nonmarital sexual behavior by religious identification when growing up (origin) and current religious identification and notes substantial differences in rates of premarital sex by origin and current religious identification. It shows that members of exclusivist religious groups, despite abhorring all forms of nonmarital sexuality, have high rates of premarital sex and are just as likely as other Americans to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual and to have extramarital affairs. The chapter then discusses the link between religious identification and marriage, between religious identification and fertility, and between religious identification and divorce. It also explores the influence of religious identification on social stratification, with particular emphasis on income and educational attainment.

Keywords:   religious identification, divorce, fortune, family, sexuality, sexual behavior, premarital sex, marriage, income, educational attainment

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