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A recent sociological study found that more than 40% of the members of a large conservative Christian church were the adult children of divorce. This led the researchers to conclude that growing up in a family where there is divorce leads people to become more religious.

Which of the following would be the best way to test the researchers' conclusions?


A Interview a large random sample of adult children of divorce to see if they are also very religious.

B Interview the congregants of the large conservative church to find out if they grew up in the church of converted as adults.

C Interview a local atheist group to see how many adult children of divorce are among its members.

D Gather statistics on how many marriages end in divorce each year.

E Facilitate a therapy group for adult children of divorce.

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why cant the answer be C ?? since the argument wants to test on the credibility that if the divorce led to religious people , the by interviewing the atheist who are non religious who grew up to adults in a divorce family then we can prove that it is divorce that's making people more religious
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Well I feel the answer is C . Could someone please explain why C is wrong?
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for me the C is incorrect because suppose we interview 100 atheist adults and 70 of them say they are of divorce still author conclusion holds because may be the divorce happened recently while argument is about growing up in a family .....

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the pick is between A and B.

A Interview a large random sample of adult children of divorce to see if they are also very religious.
The presence of "if they are also religious'' spoils the pie. We are looking for a 40% or more..not the whole community.

B gives a better connection to the matter under discussion.
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Well I feel the answer is C . Could someone please explain why C is wrong?


Option C: Interview a local atheist group to see how many adult children of divorce are among its members.

This will not affect the conclusion that growing up in a family where there is a divorce leads to children becoming more religious.

Option B: Interview the congregants of the large conservative church to find out if they grew up in the church of converted as adults.

This however will question the validity of the conclusion and hence this data will help either strengthen the conclusion or quash it.
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