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March 08, 2012

The Ring Makes All the Difference

The Ring Makes All the Difference

Marriage is much more than a “piece of paper.” I’m John Stonestreet, and this is The Point.

Yesterday we talked about a heartbreaking statistic: the majority of women under thirty who have children now do so out of wedlock. Unfortunately, many of these aren’t eager to tie the knot with the fathers of their babies because they see marriage as a formality -- one which still doesn’t guarantee lasting commitment anyway.

“Marriage has become a luxury good,” says Frank Furstenberg at the University of Pennsylvania.  Those who think they can’t afford it simply opt for cohabitation.

But in reality, it’s cohabitation that carries the greater cost. I shared with you yesterday the facts on children whose parents are married. They are much more likely to avoid the challenges like behavioral problems and crime that plague the children of unmarried parents. But what about the parents, themselves?

As Glenn Stanton argues in his book, The Ring Makes All the Difference, cohabitation is fundamentally different from marriage. In fact, it’s the opposite. Come to, and I’ll link you to Glenn’s book and other powerful sources on this crucial topic. For The Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside of Marriage
Jason DParle & Sabrina Tavernise | The New York Times | February 17, 2012

The Ring Makes All the Difference
Glenn T. Stanton | The Colson Center Bookstore

The Science of Shacking Up
Caryn Rivadeneira | Christianity Today | September 19, 2011

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