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The Family and Sexual Ethics: Christian Foundations and Public Values by Sally Bertlin

The Family and Sexual Ethics: Christian Foundations and Public Values by Sally Bertlin

  ‘The Family and Sexual Ethics: Christian Foundations and Public Values’ was an international conference held in Hong Kong in May 2011, organised by the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Jubilee Centre. In recent years there has been a growing international interest and concern about the pressures of the environment and the consequences of […]

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Does marriage improve child development?

Does marriage improve child development?

by John Hayward Research published this week by the Institute for Fiscal Studies finds ‘little or no evidence that marriage itself has any effect on children’s social or cognitive development.’ It is worth looking at this study in the context of other similar studies. These have also found some support for theoretical perspectives emphasising parental […]

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Pre-marital sex: Cause or symptom of later relationship difficulties?

Pre-marital sex: Cause or symptom of later relationship difficulties?

by John Hayward A University of Iowa study has found that women who make their sexual debut as young teens are more likely to divorce, especially if ‘the first time’ was unwanted, or if she had mixed feelings about it. The analysis found that 31 percent of women who had sex for the first time […]

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Is divorce becoming less socially acceptable?

Is divorce becoming less socially acceptable?

by John Hayward For the fifth consecutive year the number of divorces granted in the UK has fallen, to 10.5 divorcing people per thousand married population. This is the lowest rate since 1977 and, at 126,496 divorces, is 30 per cent lower than the highest number of divorces, which peaked at 180,523 in 1993. Interestingly, […]

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Biblical Divorce by David Instone-Brewer

Biblical Divorce by David Instone-Brewer

People have struggled with failed marriages ever since Jesus’ teaching was interpreted as ‘Once married, always married’. Biblical scholar David Instone-Brewer claims that new findings in Jewish legal terminology suggest that Jesus didn’t throw out the Old Testament laws allowing divorce for abuse, but was rejecting a newly invented no-fault divorce called the ‘Any Cause’ […]

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Rethinking Relational Justice by Michael Schluter

Rethinking Relational Justice by Michael Schluter

Michael Schluter, September 2006 Robert left Anne and his three children – to go and live with his new girlfriend in a flat nearby. The relationship with Anne had not always been easy, and he had fallen in love with a secretary at work. They had grown close over time and he finally decided he […]

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