Do You Need Interfaith Therapy?

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Ah, the Internet. A place where you can buy anything in the world online. A place where you can meet your spouse across the country. A place where you can get angry mail from all corners of the globe.

Back in 2008 when I announced my nuptials to my Irish Catholic wife, I got a copy of “Why Marry Jewish?” anonymously sent to my house. Another email compared me to Hitler for destroying the religion. God, I love this job.

The same way there are specialists for dating and marriage, there are now specialists helping interfaith couples navigate this potentially rocky terrain.

So, given how much people like to meddle in each others’ business, I figured I’d share this from the New York Times – a new development in counseling called “interfaith therapy.” It kind of makes sense; the same way there are specialists for dating and marriage, there are now specialists helping interfaith couples navigate this potentially rocky terrain.

Given that most couples avoid having detailed and calm discussions about the minutiae of religion, this presents a healthy opportunity for the 40% of interfaith couples out there to assess how to integrate religion and culture into their new household. My wife and I have managed well, but I know many couples who broke up all because they couldn’t agree to terms after they were married.

Do you know any interfaith couples that have succeeded in creating new traditions? Do you know any interfaith couples that fell apart over this. Comment below to share your thoughts and experiences.

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  1. I know a couple whom both were atheists when they met, then she became a fairly devout Christian.  He still married her, but it’s certainly caused soms strain on their relationship at times.  If the couple love each other and want to make it work, they will make it work.

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