Category: Marriage

Why C.S. Lewis is Wrong on Marriage

You won’t find a more apt example of an excerpt that is contradictory to an author’s broader writings than this bit from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity: Before leaving the question of divorce, I should like to distinguish two things which...

/ October 9, 2012

Marriage & My Common Good

“The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity. But an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children literally alter the destiny of nations.” –G. K. Chesterton I’ve recently returned from celebrating my wife’s grandparent’s 6oth wedding anniversary. Their...

/ June 25, 2012

A Word of Caution on the Same-Sex Marriage Debates

Oliver O’Donovan: The old conservative aspiration to recover the jewel of minimal government out of the ashes of conflagration is delusive. A government will find agreement wherever it can, and will enforce it by all such measures as it can summon to...

/ June 21, 2012

Friendship and Publicly Disagreeing with the FRC: Updated–FRC Responds to Critics

We have heard much recently about the negative effects of partisanship on Christianity’s public witness.  And for good reason:  the partisan mind, the peculiar disposition to distrust another person’s arguments simply because of their source, is genuinely inhibitive of effective...

/ June 19, 2012

Homosexuality, Sojourners, and Me

Sojourners Magazine has a piece up today about the shifting attitudes toward homosexuality among many young evangelicals.  I sound the conservative note in the piece, though it comes out a bit warbled: Still, it seems that for the majority of...

/ June 13, 2012

What the Social Sciences Can (and Can’t) Tell us about Gay Unions

Mark Regnerus recently published a new study comparing children raised within traditional marriages with those who were not.  The study has generated a bit of discussion as people have attempted to sort out what it all might mean—or not mean—for...

/ June 12, 2012

Should the church continue to object to gay marriage?

That was the question that Leadership Journal asked me to write about, so write about it I did. At its core, the question of gay marriage is not simply one of tax benefits or social prestige: it is a question...

/ June 1, 2012

The Marriage Plot and the Rise of Memoir

Mark Bauerlein has some penetrating thoughts about how individualism has corroded the novel: A good plot needs conflict, an unsettled situation whose outcome we care about. For more than two centuries, the theme of “individual vs. society” provided a ready...

/ May 7, 2012

Nothing Behind the Curtain – Reflections on a Wedding

Cross-posted at Notes from a Small Place, where I’ve had several posts related to marriage lately, hence the disclaimer below. Disclaimer: I kinda-sorta want to apologize to people who find so many marriage posts annoying or are bothered by sentimentality....

/ July 6, 2010

Love, Mimicry, and Men

While researching for an article on marriage that I am writing, I came upon this abstract: Recent studies have found that mimicking the verbal and nonverbal behavior of strangers enhances their liking of the individual who mimicked them. An experiment...

/ September 22, 2009