A third of evangelicals between the ages of 18 and 35 say they have no problem with cohabitation, according to a survey by the Evangelical Alliance. The British umbrella organization (counterpart to the National Association of Evangelicals in the U.S.) says the statistic is "even more shocking" when compared to a similar survey taken just six years ago. Then, only 28 percent of young evangelicals approved of couples living together without marriage.
"It is in this area that the biggest problems will be faced both by the church and the individuals concerned when those living together wish, say, to join (or even come) to church, or become believers," says the report.
The number still trails far behind the 83 percent of non-Christians who approve of cohabitation, but other findings of the survey are also troubling. 32% of the young Christians agreed with the statement, "marriage should be for as long as we love each other." (More than two-thirds of non-Christians agreed.) And more than ten percent said they had taken illegal drugs, smoked, drank to excess, and said it was okay to steal from work.
Latinos are leaving the Roman Catholic Church, but taking beliefs with them A major study of Latino religion in the United States has demonstrated what years of anecdotal evidence has suggested: with each passing generation, more Hispanics convert from Catholicism to Protestantism. Specifically, Hispanic immigrants to the United States are about 74 percent Catholic, 18 percent Protestant. Their children are 66 percent Catholic, 25 percent Protestant. By the third generation, the split is 59 percent Catholic, 32 percent Protestant. And the majority of all the Latino non-Catholics ...1
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