What's causing the decline in church weddings?

Created on: 16th March 2017

National Statistics indicate that the Anglican church is experiencing its lowest level of wedding ceremonies. The number of couples who have chosen to get married has decreased from 50, 226 in 2013 to a number of 49, 717 ceremonies in 2014.

People aren't seeing the need to get married any longer with most couples choosing to cohabit with one another instead without getting married. There has been a steady decline in marriages with church weddings representing 28% of marriages in England and Wales in 2013 compared to its previous figure of 30%.

 Venerable John Barton, who worked on producing a series of wedding guidelines at the Church of England, told Premier he was disappointed by the figures.

He said: "I'm disappointed for the couples because I think they don't know what they're missing.

"You're in a house of God and you're asking God's blessing on what you're doing. That is prohibited if a civil registrar conducts a wedding."

Interestingly, the US have released a report stating that men are opting out of marriage because of the rise in fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew’s findings have caught the attention of one US writer who maintains that feminism, deeply entrenched in every segment of the culture, has created an environment in which young men find it more beneficial to simply opt out of couple-dom entirely.

Suzanne Venker’s article, “The War on Men,” which appeared on the website of Fox News in late November, has become a lodestone for feminist writers who have attacked her position that the institution of marriage is threatened, not enhanced, by the supposed gains of the feminist movement over the last 50 years.

“Where have all the good (meaning marriageable) men gone?” is a question much talked about lately in the secular media, Venker says, but her answer, backed up by statistics, is not to the liking of mainstream commentators influenced by feminism.

She points out that for the first time in US history, the number of women in the workforce has surpassed the number of men, while more women than men are acquiring university degrees.

“The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women,” Venker wrote. With feminism pushing them out of their traditional role of breadwinner, protector and provider – and divorce laws increasingly creating a dangerously precarious financial prospect for the men cut loose from marriage – men are simply no longer finding any benefit in it.

A cross section of research data from the Pew Research Center for the last months of 2012 shows the alarming trends for marriage and child-bearing in the US. One report published in mid-December said that the latest census data showed “barely half” of all adults in the United States are currently married, a “record low”. Since 1960, the number of married adults has decreased from 72 percent to 51 today and the number of new marriages in the U.S. declined by five percent between 2009 and 2010.

Posted by Amanda Hopkins



Your Comments

posted by john on 17-03-17

Why use an irrelevant service? Christianity is a marginal belief with no seen relevance for people today, that is partly why church weddings are falling. As to why men are reluctant to marry? Why should men marry, they get sex without any commitment, they don't have to risk loosing their home or pension because their wife has got tired of them and has started divorce proceeedings ( most divorces are initiated by women ) Look at society, it is the mans fault they aren't linning up to marry women, but what are women doing to encourage men to want to commit to them?

posted by Jill on 17-03-17

The institute of marriage has been downgraded so much after the civil partnership and gay marriage legislation was introduced, that it has lost its meaning and purpose.

posted by john on 18-03-17

Sorry Jill, no fault divorce along with the degrading of Christian morality has caused the decline in the value of marriage. gay marriage is only a symptom of the hidden disease.

posted by Peter on 18-03-17

I agree with Jill that Marriage has been downgraded, but also see that society has moved away from Christian values, so that the real meaning of marriage has been distorted with worldly views.

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