Articles categorized as Marriage
If family is something slightly different than friendship, than marriage is essential to the needs of those who never marry.
For it is in marriage—and marriage alone—that eros finds its consummation and discovers resources for its ongoing renewal. Eros can destabilize us and make us go topsy, but it also helps us see why marriage matters.
The more confident we are in our knowledge, the more willing we can be to hear challenges to it.
What Is Marriage? can be credited for reviving natural law arguments about the nature of marriage within the public square as well as the evangelical world.
The demographic case for the future of marriage looks bleak. Conservatives will need to think more like progressives.
The argument is probably the most sophisticated natural law defense of marriage to date. Yet while rigorously argued, the book doesn’t require technical philosophical ability to be understood and appreciated.
Regardless of our status, the form of our lives is to point beyond ourselves, to remind each other of the reality of the revelation which we have heard, to be a people among whom the Word of God is living and active. Otherwise, the married and the single risk saying to each other, “Go your way, for I have no need of you.”
*Real Marriage* buries the mystery along with Ephesians 5. There’s nothing left of it, both in the book’s candid descriptions of sexuality and in its transparent confessions about the Driscoll’s struggles. And the prose inevitably follows: it is clear, but rarely sings and only infrequently stirs.
At the heart of *Real Marriage* is a commendation of “friendship.” But this is, in its own way, dissatisfying.
Would it be better to no longer defend traditional marriage in the public square? Not opposing same sex marriage may not solve Christianity’s image problem.
The complex relationship of procreation, gender differences, and reproductive impulses that is heterosexual marriage exists “pre-politically.”