There are lots of disturbing statistics that get thrown out by every latest study. Phil Lawler identifies the most disturbing of all, the one that has the most devastating implications for our society, our culture, and our people: Fewer than half of our children today, 46%, live with both of their parents. [Read more…]
One of the many cultural influences of Christianity, observes Eric Metaxas, discussing a book on the subject, was the practice of treating children as human beings of great value. That was not how children were treated in the ancient pre-Christian world. Notice too that now that the Christian cultural consensus is unravelling, we have already dehumanized the unborn child and have started to dehumanize infants. [Read more…]
One of my favorite Cranach paintings is “Christ Blessing the Children.” See a discussion after the break.
HT: Rev. Anthony R. Voltattorni, Young Children Saying The Same Thing As Christ | Alien Righteousness. (Read this post for a modern-day application.)
Raising kids is hard, stressful, and exhausting. A new book goes so far as to say that having kids actually makes people less happy than people without them. The author does say, however, that having kids gives something different than happiness: joy.
After the jump, a review of Jennifer Senior’s book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, along with some reflections. [Read more…]
“In contemporary America,” says Anthony Esolen, “condemnation of pedophilia rests on sentiment and not on moral reasoning. Nobody can simultaneously explain why pedophilia is so vile and uphold the first commandment of the sexual revolution: Fulfill thy desires.” Though society, at present, still condemns pedophilia, Dr. Esolen shows that the same principle is governing other fronts in the sexual revolution: children’s well-being must be sacrificed to adult desire. [Read more…]