I am speaking on marriage at Door of Hope today. The Power Point is here. The basis of marriage is in imaging the Trinity as Genesis 1:26-28 makes clear. As we unpack 1:28, 2:18 and 2:23-25, we discover four “greats” for marriage: great family, great mission, great friendship, and great passion. I noted that for our culture good sexÂ is a pleasurable recreational activity between consenting adults. But biblically it is a whole person connection between a husband and a wife to express, confirm and deepen marital intimacy. So biblically there is no sex outside marriage — only porneia. As we move into the New Testament, exploring Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 reveals four roles for women: submit, respect, beautiful spirit of purity, reverence, gentle and quiet, and not give into fear. The four roles for men are love by giving yourself, love by nurturing and cherishing, understand, and honor. Submission does not mean do what you are told and smile, but — following the example of Jesus in Mark 14:32-26 — give your feelings, give your desires and give your trust.
I am intrigued — but not at all surprised — to see Slate seriously supporting polygyny. At least I hope they are not going to be sexist and limit it only to polygamy. The article is here
Ironically, in a backward way I am sorta kinda supportive — IF it is marriage which is to publicly proclaimed life long faithful covenant partnership. I do have to say the status of women in polygamy (which is far more common than polyandry) in the world does not give me much expectation that it will be good for women or children. But the rising number of children in single parent homes or shifting partner homes is a very damaging place for children. The research is not ambiguous.
This is from the report of the National Marriage Project at the University of VirginiaÂ and theÂ Institute for American Values in New York City:
According to numerous studies, children born or raised outside of marriage are moreÂ likely to suffer from a range of emotional and social problems â€“ including drug use,Â depression, attempted suicide and dropping out of high school â€“ compared to children inÂ intact, married families, as summarized in past reports such as â€œWhy Marriage Mattersâ€Â from the same team.Â While debates over same-sex marriage have filled the headlines, the rapid hollowing outÂ of marriage in Middle America â€“ more than half of births among women under 30 nowÂ occur outside of marriage â€“ has received scant attention from national leaders, the reportÂ notes.
Their full report here
I do suspect that equal marriage expanded will be quite different than marriage. I suspect that it will devolve intoÂ a temporary living arrangement with one person working and the rest getting health benefits.