Tag: Marriage

Biblical reflections on marriage by David and Heather Jackman

Biblical reflections on marriage by David and Heather Jackman

The broad and pervasive ‘trend away from marriage’ has far-reaching implications for society as a whole, as well as for Christians who come under pressure to conform to cultural standards. In contrast to the short-term and low-commitment relationships that have fast become the norm, the Bible holds out a positive vision for marriage, based on God’s covenant relationship with his people, and offers us the hope of communicating an attractive model of marriage to those who adhere to very different values.

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Romance: Christian, not grey.

Romance: Christian, not grey.

by Njoki Mahiaini, 13th February 2015 Complete the sentence: “Love is…” Depending on your perspective your answer could range from the musical “Love is…all around,” to the cynical – “Love is…blind,” to the biblical – “Love is…patient, love is kind” and so on from 1 Corinthians 13. For more visual thinkers perhaps what comes to […]

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Why marriage is (and isn’t) the point.

Why marriage is (and isn’t) the point.

by Guy Brandon There’s a great blog post on the Q Ideas website by one of our collaborators, Dale Kuehne, on ‘Why Marriage Is (And Isn’t) The Point’. Dale’s outstanding book, Sex and the iWorld, explores the deficiencies of what he calls the ‘iWorld’ – our default worldview of postmodern individualism – and what happens […]

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Same-sex marriage: Cambridge Papers author at public bill committee

Same-sex marriage: Cambridge Papers author at public bill committee

by Guy Brandon On February 5th, MPs voted in favour of the gay marriage bill by 400 to 175 against – a majority of 225. The strength of the majority makes it likely that the bill will go through the House of Lords this year. However, it was a free vote and, as expected, there […]

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Coalition for marriage launches campaign

Coalition for marriage launches campaign

by Guy Brandon The Coalition for Marriage launched today, with the website www.c4m.org.uk going live at 10am. The purpose of the campaign is to defend the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. The government will shortly be launching a consultation on redefining marriage, a move which former Archbishop of Canterbury […]

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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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Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage? By John Hayward and Guy Brandon

Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage? By John Hayward and Guy Brandon

  Cohabitation serves a range of purposes and masks a wide variety of commitment levels: it cannot be considered solely as an alternative to marriage, as is its popular perception. Building on the Jubilee Centre’s 2010 report into cohabitation trends, and based on even more recent data from the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study, this […]

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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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Increasing Cohabitation – a concern?

Increasing Cohabitation – a concern?

by John Hayward I have just taken a media inquiry about updated marital status population projections published today by the Office for National Statistics. The report predicts that the proportion of adults who are married will drop from 49 per cent to 42 per cent over the coming quarter of a century (2008-2033), the proportion […]

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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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Cohabitation in the 21st Century by John Hayward & Guy Brandon

Cohabitation in the 21st Century by John Hayward & Guy Brandon

  The nature of cohabitation in the UK presents a rapidly changing landscape. This report provides an up-to-date analysis of cohabitation statistics, using the most recent British Household Panel Survey data. It shows that cohabitation is a less stable form of relationship today than it was 15 years ago and is generally short-lived. This is […]

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UK Marriage Index 2010

UK Marriage Index 2010

John Hayward, February 2010 Marriage rates in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest level since records began in 1862.† This need not necessarily be a bad thing as the number of marriages in a given year may mask, for instance, the fact that there were an unusually high number of marriages in the […]

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The UK Marriage Index 2009 by Jubilee Centre Research Team

The UK Marriage Index 2009 by Jubilee Centre Research Team

  Asserting that ‘Marriage is as important as the economy to the nation’s overall health,’ the Jubilee Centre has conducted an analysis of a range of fundamental measures to generate a single figure that reveals the overall health of marriage in the country: 61.3% – down from 85% in 1970. The UK Marriage Index, comparable […]

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Relationships Impact Warning

Relationships Impact Warning

With allusions to the damage caused by passive smoking, this is the first in a series of three sex education videos from the ‘Fair Sex’ movement inspired by the book ‘Just Sex: Is it ever just sex?’

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Whose duty of care?

Whose duty of care?

Michael Schluter, June 2003 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. Proverbs 1:8–9 If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will […]

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Gender co-operation: some implications of God’s design for society by Michael and Auriel Schluter

Gender co-operation: some implications of God’s design for society by Michael and Auriel Schluter

  Summary There is much tension and unhappiness in contemporary gender relations. This was not God’s original design. Men and women were not intended to be separate or to compete but to co-operate. Despite the tensions resulting from the Fall, gender co-operation creates immense opportunities since men and women were designed to be interdependent. Gender […]

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