Social reinforcement of marriage from sources such as the workplace, the law, entertainment and the education system is fading rapidly or has collapsed completely.
The church, by which I mean institutionalized Christianity in the United States, is increasingly alone in its formal privileging of marriage and family.
[Why even conservative evangelicals are unhappy with the anti-LGBT Nashville Statement] It’s not only in the diminished numbers of returnees that mating-market dynamics are affecting congregations.
Long-standing Christian sexual ethics are making less and less sense to the unchurched — a key market for evangelicals.
Perceived barriers to marriage, meanwhile, are getting higher — prompting greater marital delay and fewer marriages overall.
Add to that Christians’ elevated standards for marriage and you have a recipe for wholesale retreat. It’s an expression of love for same-sex attracted people.’] Young Christians are suffering the bruising effects of participating in the same wider mating market as the rest of the country.
Cohabitation has prompted plenty of soul searching over the purpose, definition and hallmarks of marriage.
But we haven’t reflected enough on how cohabitation erodes religious belief. The nuns fighting the pipeline lost their case, but they aren’t giving up Episcopal churches cook thousands of lobsters.
The new Nashville Statement on marriage and sexuality — and emotional reactions to it — newly demonstrates just how live and poignant the tension is.
Cohabitors without children are far less likely to regularly or even sporadically attend when compared with uncoupled adults, to say nothing of married adults with children.
All this puts pressure on American pastors, operating as they are in a free religious market. Because it signals that they can’t count on the predictable return to organized religious life of late 20-somethings after they marry and begin having children. It may not occur at all, if demographer Steven Ruggles’s projection that 1 in 3 20-somethings will never marry proves true.
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Making new friends or finding a life-long partner who shares similar values and virtues is a blessed desire most people have.
It’s able to poke holes in the “sacred canopy” over the erotic instinct, to borrow the late Peter Berger’s term.