The myth of an open marriage

May 15, 2020 by

from Mailonline: Writer Olivia Fane and her first husband thought allowing each other to have affairs was the secret of a happy modern relationship. Now she has a stark warning for anyone tempted to follow suit. The first rule was the time limit: two weeks maximum. The second was that the affair should take place far from home, preferably abroad. The third was that each of us had the power of veto: if we felt even the remotest bit uncomfortable, we could say to the other: ‘Stop!’ And kisses...

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Marriage hits a new low

May 14, 2020 by

By John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris, Christian Post: According to a new report by the National Center for Health Statistics, marriage in the United States of America has never been less popular. Today, in the U.S. there are only 6.5 weddings for every 1,000 people, the lowest rate since we started keeping records just after the Civil War, and despite the fact that millennials, who are the biggest generation in American history, are in their peak marriage years right now. And, these numbers...

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Keep the State Out of Marriage and Hand it Back to the Churches

May 10, 2020 by

By Hayden Lewis, Bournbrook Magazine: Marriage in the modern world is in a particularly sorry state; and its death will soon be state sanctioned by the Conservative Party. The funeral service will be overseen by the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which will remove the ability to contest divorces and allow one party to simply issue ‘a statement of irretrievable breakdown’ that will constitute grounds for divorce in all circumstances. Those who believe marriage to be a useless piece of...

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Living in Love and Faith: update in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 30, 2020 by

from The Church of England Media Centre: The House of Bishops has agreed that, in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the publication of the Living in Love and Faith resources, which had been scheduled to take place in June, should be postponed. In a statement, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, together with the Bishops of Coventry and London, emphasise that work on the Living in Love and Faith resources continues and that the situation will be monitored to discern the most...

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A basic Christian primer on sex, marriage and family life. Article 9 – the relationship of husband and wife in marriage

Apr 21, 2020 by

by Martin Davie: In the previous article in this series we noted that there are two vocations to which God calls human beings, marriage and singleness, and both of these vocations involve a call to the kind of friendship which God gives to us and calls us then to give to others. In this article we shall go on to explore what the Bible teaches us about the particular shape of the relationship of friendship between husband and wife in Christian marriage. What we shall see is that this...

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New booklet: Marriage and divorce in the liberal imagination

Apr 18, 2020 by

From Coalition for Marriage, via email: You may have seen the news this week that marriages between men and women in England and Wales are at an all-time low. This is so sad to see, yet no surprise. Declining marriage numbers have been part of an ongoing trend in this country for a long time. Successive government policies haven’t helped. They have undermined marriage. The latest attack comes in the form of ‘no-fault’ divorce, which would allow spouses to divorce for no reason, in as little as...

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