A review of More Perfect Unions

Some years ago, as the pastor of an inner-city, blue-collar congregation, I noted that whenever a couple in our congregation was reputed to be having marital trouble, the most frequent question was, "Have they had counseling?"

If the answer was yes, then the usual response was, "Well, then maybe they ought to get a divorce." The implication? Counseling is the last, best hope for preserving a struggling marriage. I an­nounced: "Our church is opposed to divorce—unless you've had counseling. Then it's OK."

Eighty years ago marital counseling was a brand new profession.


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