Combining Trends in Marriage and Christianity

Our recent article discussed trends in the marriage and divorce rate. An earlier article discussed trends in the Christian share of the population.
Are these two related? I think so. Could it be that a declining marriage and divorce rates are caused by a decline in Christianity?
 
While Christianity has been consistently increasing numerically, it recently declined as a share of the American population. However, in the past 5 years it has been at least stable if not bouncing back.
 
Behind the overall decline is a strong increase in evangelical Christianity coupled with a strong decline in Mainline Protestantism, which is theologically liberal.
 
So it could be viewed as less marriages, less divorces, less Christians, but I don’t think that’s the whole story. Like an economy which contracts so that the efficient firms will remain and later flourish, I think we are seeing a survival of the fittest religion.
Am I suggesting that survival of the fittest religion involves the death of Christianity? No, but I do think it involves the decline of self-contradictory theologically liberal Christianity. At the same time, non-denominational and evangelical Christianity are flourishing.
 
In an age of better information people may be sorting themselves by ideology more rapidly. This would make it increasingly rare to be a marginal Christian just as it is increasingly rare to be a political moderate.
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