Category: Marriage

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

The (Mis)Use of C.S. Lewis by Christian Libertarians

As the idea of gay marriage has become increasingly acceptable in American culture and as the legal institutions have begun to accommodate it, it has become increasingly popular among evangelical Christians to argue for a complete separation of Church and...

/ June 30, 2008

A Midsummer Night’s Dance: Love’s Beauty and Roles

The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream lifted a corner of the veil between plodding human beings and the world of fairies. The stage was set with magnificent roses and deliciously mysterious lights even before the...

/ April 10, 2008

A Wedding Homily

Dr. John Mark Reynolds has posted the homily from our wedding on his blog–I was planning to also make it the first post for me as well. In essence, Dr. Reynolds said for our wedding exactly what I had been...

/ July 19, 2005