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And Religion Research Institute
The Marriage and Religion Research Initiative (MARRI) is dedicated to delivering robust social science data on
the impact of marriage and religious practice on the lives of adults and children, and on the future of the nation.
MARRI contributes to the social discourse through original research based on the federal survey system, and through
research synthesis that consolidates peer-reviewed studies.
Rigorous interdisciplinary research solidifies the insight that marriage and religious worship are the very foundations
of society. The data seems to say, repeatedly, that from marriage and worship springs the greatest strengths in
society and that on them depends optimal social functioning. If this be true, then nothing is more vital to the
happiness and well-being of children, nor to the common good, than society-wide marriage (for all), and regular
worship (for those who believe). MARRI pursues an educational strategy that is both bottom up through families,
schools, and churches, and top down through policy makers, journalists, and academia.
MARRI is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
Dr. Pat Fagan has been a grade school teacher, a clinical therapist specializing in child,
family and marital therapy. During his career he as been Executive Director of the Free Congress Foundation, a
member of the staff of Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Social Policy
at HHS under President George Herbert Bush, the Senior Fellow on Family and Culture at the Heritage Foundation,
then as founder and director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (www.marri.us) at Family Research Council. Fagan now directs MARRI at The Catholic
University of America. He is also the publisher and editor of Marripedia.org. He has authored over thirty synthesis papers and has commissioned dozens of original research projects
in marriage, family, child development and religious practice. He and his wife Theresa have eight children and
Christina Hadford is an Associate Editor at the Marriage and Religion Research
Institute and the Managing Editor of Marripedia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with High
Distinction, earning a double major in the Distinguished Majorís Program in Politics and in Religious Studies.
While at UVA, Hadford co-presided over various clubs promoting the sanctity of life, traditional values, and sexual
integrity, and was a member of the University Judiciary Committee. She previously worked for the Family Research
Council and interned with the Susan B. Anthony List.
These are very extensive. Dr Fagan has covered a vast territory and are very well worth spending
time reading some of these.
Marriage and Family
Crime and Abuse
Further Useful Articles
Dr. Pat Fagan to Officially Unveil Groundbreaking MARRIpedia
Religious Practice and Marital Stability:
Launching MARRIpedia, an online social science encyclopedia
Welcome to Marripedia!
and Religious Faithfulness
Effectiveness of Marital Skills Training
Effects of Religious Practice on Marriage
of the Family in America
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