Category: Marriage

What Will it Take for Presidential Candidates to Defend Marriage?

Today I am pleased to feature this essay from first-time Mere O contributor Josiah Peterson. The legal status of marriage was a hot button issue in the 2012 election cycle. Where has it gone in 2016?

/ November 3, 2016
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Gender, Home Economies, and the Church, Ctd.

There are three separate strands I want to pick up from yesterday’s post. Being Fair to the Complementarians First, I asked in the post that people would correct me if I was misrepresenting CBMW. Shane Anderson on Twitter obliged by...

/ July 15, 2016
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The Evangelical Gender Crack-Up

Though it (rightly) hasn’t been discussed as much as the actual trinitarian issues themselves, the current trinitarian debate does suggest some interesting things about how evangelicals are beginning to approach questions of gender. The consensus that has existed amongst most conservative...

/ July 14, 2016

“Trials are Precious”

Going to interrupt our Trump coverage for a moment to share this video. On December 8, my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a drug complication to treat some blood clots in his lungs. He had emergency brain...

/ May 6, 2016
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What Does Cooking Mean for Singles if “Sex Begins in the Kitchen”?

Contrary to the imagination of the average teenage evangelical, a good marriage consists of more than just sex. A husband and wife create a life together and a home economy out of the entirety of their lives. Their sexual natures...

/ April 11, 2016
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Evangelicals are not modern gnostics. We’re materialists.

There’s a scene in HBO’s John Adams miniseries that remains one of the most succinct summaries of today’s defining cultural battle. The scene features the two guiding stars of the American founding, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The two friends are attending...

/ November 4, 2015
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The Strength of the Hills Is Not Ours–Our Modern Identity Crisis

Tolkien once remarked to me that the feeling about home must have been quite different in the days when the family had fed on the produce of the same few miles of country for six generations, and that perhaps this...

/ October 14, 2015
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Neglecting the Body and Ignoring Nature–Thoughts on Complementarianism

In A Severe Mercy Sheldon Vanauken tells the story of his conversion from the High Paganism of his youth, a paganism defined by fidelity to beauty, honour (which he always spelled in the British fashion), and one’s people to orthodox...

/ September 30, 2015

Anthony Kennedy was *Almost* Right: Post-Obergefell Thoughts on Where We Go Now

Anthony Kennedy was almost right. While his inventive reading of the Constitution in Obergefell vs. Hodges has been widely and panned by both liberals and conservatives, his transcendentalizing of marriage is precisely the kind of understanding to which defenders of...

/ July 17, 2015
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The Inevitability of Same-Sex Marriage

There can be no meaning apart from roots. –Walter Brueggemann For astute cultural observers, nothing about the recent SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage should be surprising. Though there was widespread popular opposition to redefining marriage as recently as 10 years ago...

/ July 2, 2015