Over the last two decades or so, churches and parachurch ministries have
offered marriage seminars to enrich the lives of couples and help reverse
the divorce trend. But some Christians and conservatives also press for
laws that hinder the easy dashing of the sacred marriage vows. The idea is
that some legal teeth against divorce are necessary components of a society
that still honors the institution of marriage. Recently, such proposals
have been introduced to several state legislatures. Opponents argue that
such laws would invoke state authority where the church alone should wield
influence. All agree that divorce is an evil to be reckoned with. The
question is whether legal sanctions are part of the remedy at all. Either
way, should society not reconsider the importance of matrimony? What's
more, how can marriages be saved, one household at a time?
The Marriage of Your Choice
The author calls for a radical legislative proposal--if for no other
reason, than to foster helpful debate: "Let us amend state marriage laws
so as to make it possible for a man and a woman to choose freely to enter
into an indissoluble marriage. Note: possible, not mandatory."
Why Marriages Fail
Syndicated radio commentator and author Kerby Anderson explores four
negative risk factors that can destroy intimacy in a marriage and possibly
lead to divorce: escalation, invalidation, negative interpretations,
withdrawal and avoidance.
Foundation For Marriage
Dr. John Stoll
Chapter 35 of Biblical Principles for Christian Maturity.
Father Facts (National Fatherhood Initiative)
A complete review of the current social science literature on fatherhood
and family trends, this booklet, compiled by National Fatherhood Initiative
president Wade Horn, Ph.D., emphasizes how father absence is related to our
nation's most pressing social ills such as crime and poverty. Examines the
trend in divorce: Attitudes About Divorce, The Facts About Divorce, The
Consequences of Divorce, and Child Support and Child Custody.
Documents the effect
of divorce on both individuals and families, providing a biblical response.
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