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2256 Wed 29 Aug 2001

After reading Archbishop Pell's speech on marriage I bought a book "Intimate Relationships, Marriages and Families" by F. Philip Rice (3rd edition, 1996). I have read the first couple of chapters, which have lots on the statistics of how marriage has changed. Last night I looked on www.abs.gov.au and have made a two links to some of their information. They are fairly depressing statistics.

Next Wednesday I have an essay due for "The Early Church", writing about the problems they had. A few months ago I read a book by a sociologist who writes about religion: Rodney Stark. I think that will be one of my main references. I remember that he wrote about the costs and benefits of Christianity. It will be interesting to revisit and see how it applies with changes in marriage.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 29 August 2001.

 

Links to other sites:

Australian Bureau of Statistics - People without partners.

ABS Press Release on Marriages and Divorces in Australia

Archbishop Pell's speech