Forming a family

Are all kinds of families equally good?

More Lasting Unions: Christianity, the Family, and Society, by Stephen G. Post
Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family, by Rosemary Radford Ruether

These two books should nudge Christians toward a more compassionate, gender-conscious and tradition-aware understanding of marriage and the family. On the basis of empirical evidence, Stephen Post critiques the “divorce culture” in the U.S. and shows, for example, that stepfamilies are much less safe environments for children than are intact families. A Christian “prophetic family” is characterized by the principles of care for all children, faithful monogamy and equal regard between husband and wife.


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