Should Religion Play a Role When Choosing a Partner?

Kara Pound Kara Pound • 9/25/14

Proper dinner party etiquette states that guests should never discuss politics or religion. But when you’re dating and trying to find that perfect lifelong partner, there are certain topics that need to be addressed, especially religion. Christianity, Judaism, Shinto, Buddhism and Hinduism are just a few of the dozens of religions around the world. Some have millions of followers, while others just a small community.

The importance of religion in a relationship depends on devotion. Say you’re a devote catholic who goes to mass every Sunday, and you’re dating an atheist who has already expressed that he doesn’t want his kids ever going to church. You’re going to run into some obvious problems down the road if you plan on having a future with this man. Or say you were raised Jewish but don’t actively practice. Then you meet a man who was also raised Jewish but is devout in his faith and carries on the duties of Judaism.

You need to look at if you’re willing to become more involved in your faith for the man you love or if there is someone out there with more similar beliefs. Religion is a tricky aspect of a relationship. It not only involves religious devotion, but morals, ethics, the way you raise your kids, the holidays you celebrate and so much more.