No, We Can’t ‘Agree to Disagree’ on Marriage

Nov 24, 2016 by

by John Stonestreet, Breakpoint: For years, a steady drumbeat of Christian pastors, musicians, and authors have announced they’ve “evolved” on the issue of homosexuality. Authors like Matthew Vines and more recently, Jen Hatmaker, musician Nicole Nordeman and Yale philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff argue that the Bible doesn’t actually condemn same-sex “marriage.” Christians, they say, should bless such unions as “holy.” Many of them have said that even if we don’t agree, we shouldn’t make it a...

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Donald Trump represents the new normal – on both sides of the Atlantic

Nov 22, 2016 by

by Rod Liddle, Spectator: […]  The interesting thing, for me, is the degree to which social policy will change — because change it certainly will. […] The liberalism of the 1960s has resulted in this decade with too many broken families and failed, inarticulate, unhappy children. With people who proudly will say they will not work for a living because they don’t like working and prefer to be on the dole. With the manifest insanity of safe spaces in universities where absurd liberal...

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I thought it was all about homophobia until I watched this video

Nov 21, 2016 by

by Pat Langrell, Conjugality: The debate is about two vastly different ideas of marriage, not about whether we like gays. Pat Langrell, of the Australian group Marriage Equals, presents a splendid argument for real marriage. In short, he contends that we are grappling with the older conception of marriage as a lifetime commitment to fidelity which is open to children and the newer “soulmate” version. Which is best for...

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Does religion help couples stay together?

Nov 21, 2016 by

from The Marriage Foundation: I’m often asked if Christians have lower divorce rates than anyone else. Although I point out that I don’t know of any UK studies on this, evidence from the US is fairly mixed that religion – or ‘religiosity’ as it’s usually called in the academic papers – is linked to higher rates of stability. In any case, if you were going to make a social science hypothesis based on what you read in the Bible, there’s a much better candidate than simply whether one subscribes...

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Number of unwed couples living together more than DOUBLES in two decades

Nov 7, 2016 by

by James Tapsfield, Mailonline: The number of unwed couples living together in the UK has more than doubled in the last two decades. Some 3.3 million are now cohabiting – up from just 1.5 million in 1996, according to new figures. Although marriage is still the most common arrangement for couples, numbers have remained flat over the period and living together out of wedlock is increasingly seen as an ‘alternative’. The details emerged in figures produced by the Office for...

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Marriage Registration amendment is ‘much needed’

Nov 7, 2016 by

from Christian Concern: Baroness Cox’s proposal to require registration of religious marriages will help protect vulnerable women and is a step in the right direction, says Christian Concern’s Islamic Affairs Director, Tim Dieppe. Baroness Cox has proposed an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill that would require all religious marriages to be legally registered. This would prevent polygamy, and grant legal protection to women in the marriage. Many Muslim women have testified that they...

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