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Cohabitation has prompted plenty of soul searching over the purpose, definition and hallmarks of marriage.But we haven’t reflected enough on how cohabitation erodes religious belief. The nuns fighting the pipeline lost their case, but they aren’t giving up Episcopal churches cook thousands of lobsters.Cohabitors without children are far less likely to regularly or even sporadically attend when compared with uncoupled adults, to say nothing of married adults with children.All this puts pressure on American pastors, operating as they are in a free religious market. Because it signals that they can’t count on the predictable return to organized religious life of late 20-somethings after they marry and begin having children. It may not occur at all, if demographer Steven Ruggles’s projection that 1 in 3 20-somethings will never marry proves true.Levels of uncertainty — that is, neither agreeing nor disagreeing — about various sexual practices and attitudes are elevated among Christians.When we asked more than 15,000 Americans about sexual ethics, many who attended religious services at least once a week were on the fence. One can interpret those on the fence as movable — open to being convinced.(It’s not easy to raise the price of sex.) To be sure, there are those who hew to a more orthodox path — that is, dating without sex, followed by marriage in a timely fashion. Alternative online dating sites geared specifically toward Christians often disappoint, because their underlying template is no different. [Reverend and rabbi: Removing symbols of racism isn’t enough.
Sex has become cheap — that is, not hard to get — because it’s much less risky and consequential in the era of birth control.
It’s able to poke holes in the “sacred canopy” over the erotic instinct, to borrow the late Peter Berger’s term.