Marriage Tag

Well, I'm glad science cleared that up for us. According to a recent TED talk by psychologist Christopher Ryan (and as reported by the Mail Online), monogamy is not biologically natural for human beings, male or female—it's not genetically hardwired! All this time I thought I...

My recent series "A Civil War Between the Church and the Gay Community?" (Part One, Two, and Three) has involved a discussion of the church's relationship to the state, with some special attention paid to the current debates over homosexuality and marriage. During that discussion,...

[caption id="attachment_2126" align="alignright" width="300"] No war is ever civil.[/caption] In Part One, we looked at how Washington, DC, pastor Anthony Evans' declaration that the Supreme Court's refusal to hear a case challenging the DC gay marriage law has set up a "civil war between the church...

I figured it would only be appropriate for my first post since getting back from my honeymoon would be on sex. CNN's religion blog has a short article (mainly borrowing from John Acuff's recent post on "Stuff Christians Like") talking about how Christians "spoil" sex by...

Well, today is my wedding day, the day of my first kiss (and my bride's also), and the start of our new life together. I'll be back and posting again once we get back from the honeymoon...

An old song randomly came up on my iPhone the other day that brought my attention to an extremely common mistake, one I have heard repeated even by those who should know better: the idea of a "dowry" as a price paid by the bridegroom...

(Total Reading Time: 9 minutes; Bold parts: approximately one minute) Back in August I posted a roadmap of my thoughts on what I termed "An Evangelical Dilemma" (if you haven't read it, I'd suggest starting there), the unsustainable contradiction between Evangelicals' embrace of abstinence until marriage and the cultural shift towards later marriage, arguing that if Evangelicals want to uphold abstinence, they have no choice but to encourage earlier marriage. In that piece, I argued that the simultaneous embrace of contradictory cultural and theological norms in the Evangelical world is damaging to its young people (and ultimately, its families), suggesting that the only realistic solution if abstinence is to be advocated is 1) a push towards earlier marriage supported both by the families of the young newly-married and the larger church body itself and 2) a change in perspective from an individualistic "soul-mate" view of marriage towards a covenantal, missional perspective of Christian marriage. What I did not know at the time was that about a week earlier, University of Texas Sociologist Mark Regnerus had made a similar case in, "The Case for Early Marriage," a lengthy piece in Christianity Today.

Evangelicals must choose between two opposing worldviews pertaining to sex and marriage. No longer can they push abstinence until marriage on the one hand while on the other hand embracing the cultural shift towards later marriage. This combination puts many Evangelical young people in the...

The following is a brief response to a friend posing the question on Facebook (after observing so many of her early-20s friends were already engaged or married) of why people would be in such a "rush" to get married (her post was called "Will You...