Marriage today

Sacramental or utilitarian?

Marriage After Modernity: Christian Marriage in Postmodern Times, by Adrian Thatcher

In the past few years, Christian theologians and ethicists have paid increasing attention to the state of modern marriages. Out of this concern has grown, among other things, a new Christian marriage theology that supports what has been called “critical familism,” or new or progressive familism. Critical familism tries to move beyond the stale debate between conservative family values and liberal individualism. It argues that marriage and the family are valuable social institutions, especially important for children, but that they need to be newly understood in nonpatriarchal and egalitarian ways.


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