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May 04, 2018
On Catholics’ “Indissolubility” of Marriage from a New Lutheran Blog
I have blogged about my former student John Ehrett, who wrote that perceptive review of...
October 17, 2017
From “Sologamy” to Marriage as Vocation
Jim Priest, a family columnist for the Daily Oklahoman, discussed "sologamy," the growing practice of marrying...
September 08, 2017
Secularization Comes From Sex
Cohabiting couples tend to stay away from church. So do others engaged in sexual practices...
July 19, 2017
A confessional text on marriage, natural law & human law
Since Lutherans believe that marriage is a civil ordinance rather than a sacrament (though still...
June 28, 2017
Marriage Is a Civil Matter, Not a Church Power
Lutherans particularly cannot "leave the government out of marriage." Their confessions and theology don't let...
April 05, 2017
Exploding myths about cohabitation
University of Virginia sociologist Bradford Wilcox has published a study of the effects of cohabitation,...
February 14, 2017
The two kinds of romantic love
One kind of romantic love leads to life--to marriage, fruitful sexuality, children, family, virtue. The...
February 06, 2017
Pastors have happier marriages, stronger families than usual
Barna Research has published a new study on the problems, challenges, and personal life of...
September 02, 2016
The ethical non-monogamy community
Carl Trueman reflects on an interview with a member of "the ethical non-monogamy community." That...
June 20, 2016
Pope says most married people aren’t really married
Roman Catholicism famously doesn't believe in divorce. But it does believe in annulments, a procedure...
April 14, 2016
The First Amendment Defense Act
A bill is before Congress that would protect individuals, churches, and other organizations from being...
February 12, 2016
The most romantic things you can do
Go to church together. Pray together. According to a new study, couples who do...
July 14, 2015
Christianity’s influence on marriage & the status of women
According to the "progressive narrative," Christianity and its view of marriage have oppressed women. But...
June 29, 2015
How should the church respond?
Russell Moore on the gay marriage ruling and on how churches should respond: As I...
May 29, 2015
Between first sleep and second sleep
About two years ago, we posted First Sleep, Second Sleep, which became the 12th most-read...
May 19, 2015
The financial problems of just living together
There are strong moral reasons why couples shouldn't just live together without being married. There...
January 05, 2015
Isabel Sawhill is a liberal scholar who has spent much of her career defending marriage...
December 17, 2014
The faults of No-Fault divorce
Re-building the institution of marriage requires changing the no-fault divorce laws, argue Thomas Farr and...
November 25, 2014
Evangelicals take part in Vatican marriage conference
Evangelicals, Pentecostalists, and even Mormons took part in a recent Vatican conference on marriage, which...
November 24, 2014
Another family innovation: Marrying yourself. From Robert George, Same-Self Marriage | Timothy George | First...
November 21, 2014
The Marriage Pledge?
Some ministers are signing a "marriage pledge" promising not to sign state marriage licenses as...
October 06, 2014
Catholics begin synod on marriage & sexual morality
The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is underway at the Vatican. Two hundred bishops of...
September 26, 2014
For the first time since records were kept, a majority of American adults are single....
September 15, 2014
Luther on changing a baby’s diaper (rerun)
[Mollie Hemingway's quotation from Luther's "The Estate of Marriage" (1522) reminded me that I blogged...
August 29, 2014
Federal judge throws out ban on polygamy
A federal judge in Utah has ruled that the state's law banning polygamy is unconstitutional. ...
August 18, 2014
When your mother is a man and your father is a woman
Feminists make a distinction between "sex," which has to do with biology, and "gender," which...
August 05, 2014
Half of marriages aren’t valid?
Roman Catholics don't believe in divorce. But they do allow for annulments. These involve ecclesiastical...
June 25, 2014
Divorce statistics are greatly exaggerated
It's often said that 50% of marriages end in divorce. A new book says that...
April 22, 2014
Making it harder to get a divorce
A number of states have been or are considering protecting marriage--as well as promoting the...
January 16, 2014
Common law marriage?
A "shotgun wedding" refers to a couple getting married because the woman had gotten pregnant. ...
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