- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199873747
- ISBN-13: 978-0199873746
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Riley, a former editor at The Wall Street Journal, is neither a cheerleader nor a scold. Her book functions more as a flashing yellow light at an intersection: slow down, be alert--pay attention to what serious differences may mean to a close relationship. She brings a careful, nuanced and thoughtful approach to an often contentious subject. And she adds considerable value by including results of a poll she commissioned to survey 2,450 Americans on the subject of interfaith marriage." --Gustav Niebuhr,
"The book is chock-full of fascinating statistics ('Jews are the most likely and Mormons are the least likely to marry members of other faiths'), but at its heart is a cautionary thesis: the growing number of interfaith couples don't know what they're getting into..."
--Stanley Fish, The New York Times
"Engaging and incisive account--combining clear-eyed analysis with polling data and the details of more than a hundred interviews..." --W. Bradford Wilcox, The Wall Street Journal
"Naomi Schaefer Riley's well-researched and exceedingly well-written book...is a great
gift to clergy and an even greater challenge to them. It ought to be required reading for anyone who attempts interfaith matrimony, and it's a crucial resource for anyone seeking to minister to those who contemplate or practice interfaith marriage."
--William H. Willimon,
"Riley's book is a very readable blend of survey data (she commissioned a nationwide Interfaith Marriage Survey with the help of the University of Notre Dame's David Campbell) and anecdotes." --John Turner, Patheos
''Growth in the number of inter-faith marriages in the U.S. has been a major trend in recent decades, yet few have paid it much attention.`Til Faith Do Us Part redresses that oversight, exploring the meaning and implications, advantages and realistic difficulties of people of different faiths uniting in marriage. Naomi Schaefer Riley is a sociologist's journalist, and more. She takes empirical data seriously, is balanced and fair-minded, and writes superbly. I recommend this book most highly.''
--Christian Smith, author of Lost in Transition: the Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood
''Almost half of all Americans who marry nowadays marry people not of their own faith. In this informative and well-written volume, Naomi Schaefer Riley explores this phenomenon from an inter-religious perspective. Her penetrating interviews and eye-opening statistics paint a fresh portrait of contemporary intermarriage and how it will shape America's future.''
-Jonathan D. Sarna, author of American Judaism: A History
"Interfaith marriage became steadily more common in America throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Nationally speaking, these marriages have eased interfaith tensions and increased religious tolerance, producing a country that is at once remarkably religious and remarkably tolerant. But in the lives of individuals the blessings of interfaith marriage are more mixed. 'Til Faith Do Us Part brilliantly highlights the rich complexities and compromises and difficult tradeoffs that intermarriage entails. It is a profoundly important book-a must-read for the growing majority of Americans living interfaith lives."
--Robert D. Putnam, co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
"Having been an atheist married to a Christian, I know the turmoil that a spiritual mismatch can create in marriage. Here's a well-researched book that offers invaluable insights into this important yet seldom discussed topic."
--Lee Strobel, coauthor of Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage
About the Author
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy, and culture. She is the author of God on the Quad and The Faculty Lounges.
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I can’t say that I was surprised at what seem to be the three biggest challenges to interfaith couples: first, the coming together as a couple that culminates in a wedding ceremony; second, the challenge of deciding how to raise children; and, third, the experience of celebrating different holidays. Parents and other relatives try to break up couples before they can tie the knot. Couples realize too late that they have different feelings about their faith when children come along and, in a combination challenge, couples have to decide how to celebrate with their families when Christmas/Hanukkah/Ramadan/etc. roll around.
I think what surprised me the most in reading this is how many couples don’t even discuss these issues before getting married. People going into marriage with these kinds of blinders on are just adding to the difficulties that all marriages face. I was fortunate. My wife and I agreed to have a Catholic wedding and raise the children in the Catholic Church before we were married. In over a decade of marriage, both of us have remained faithful to what we agreed. Granted, you can’t predict every difficulty. It is sometimes hard for me to wrangle the kids to mass on Sundays while their mother stays in bed. On the other hand, I know I could be more supportive when my wife wants to celebrate Lunar New Year or the Full Moon Festival. Still, we manage and I believe my children have benefited from a multicultural upbringing which is something I had no opportunity to experience as a kid. And yet, it was fascinating to hear from other couples with some of the same struggles.
Ms. Riley peppers this book with a number of statistics which seem a bit weak and unrevealing though her interviews are very revealing of experiences of couples “on the ground”. She is also good at covering a wide range of religious beliefs beyond Christians and Jews. It is amazing how our shrinking, dynamic world is leading to cultural cross-overs that were unheard of only a few decades ago.
In the end, I got the feeling that Ms. Riley was exploring her own interfaith marriage through the pursuit of this topic. It’s not necessarily a bad reason to write a book. I hope she felt enlightened at the end of it. I think many interested readers will feel the same.