We’ve probably all been there – we’re scanning a news article online or watching a story on a magazine news show and we see something that just stops us cold. It’s a declaration presented in fact, and even backed up by “research” that you know is at odds with what Scripture teaches.
- “Christian marriages end in divorce at the same rates as all other marriages, so what does it matter if you don’t marry a believer?”
- “Marriage is an outdated institution that demeans women.”
- “Everyone knows kids do just as well when they’re raised by same-sex parents as by their biological parents. All children need to thrive is love.”
- “Millennials are leaving the Church in droves.”
These types of statements are frustrating because the people making them often refer to scientific studies as their source. But without the time or the expertise, the average person wouldn’t immediately be in a position to know that much of the research they cite is either outright faulty, incomplete or taken out of context.
For a long time, Focus on the Family staff and friends have enjoyed research analysis by marriage, parenting and family expert Glenn Stanton and the team of in-house research specialists he leads. As news or trends became part of the national conversation, Glenn and his team would dig into the articles and research to find the truth that often doesn’t make it into the headlines. They’d summarize their findings in memos that helped Focus staff create fact-based content.
We’re now pleased to make that research analysis available to you via Focus Findings, an online site that we hope will help inform and enlighten students of the family.
Whether you’re a pastor working on a message, a college undergrad writing a report, or a stay-at-home mom homeschooling or contacting her senator, we want you to know that www.focusonthefamily.com/focusfindings is a trustworthy place for you to get a research-based perspective on trends that touch on marriage, parenting, sexuality, religion and culture, and family formation.
And in case you’re wondering about the statements I included at the start of this post, here are the entries that rebut those popular – but untrue – notions.
- Divorce Rate in the Church – As High as the World?
- Marriage As A Feminist Institution
- Are the Kids Really All Right?
- Millennial Faith Participation and Retention
Please check it out and let me know what you think.