The Academy's latest blog is a contribution to a Center of the American Experiment symposium: Was Trump and Clinton's Campaign Silence Regarding Family Fragmentation Golden? In it, Bob Osburn discovers that the Prophet Hosea had much to say in answer to the symposium question!
According to Dr. Mitch Pearlstein, author of the new book Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future (2014), our prospects aren’t all that sweet unless we do something about our miserable family fragmentation rates. By the term family fragmentation Pearlstein includes everything from divorce to co-habitation to out-of-wedlock childbirth to single parenting to other forms of family disorganization associated with dysfunction. Pearlstein interviewed 40 thought leaders from America’s Left and Right coasts, as well as in between, to ask for their take on America’s future in light of this reality.
With the US Supreme Court’s October 6, 2014 decision not to challenge lower courts’ legitimization of gay marriage, it is easy to forget that the gay marriage tidal wave was started by a cultural earthquake many years in the making. That is to say, cultural forces, institutions, and conversations---most of them nurtured by those almost completely outside the orbit of orthodox Christianity--- laid the groundwork for a vast social experiment deeply at odds with historic Christian thought. What follows is the report of an event at the University of Minnesota in October 2012 that occurred just before the tidal wave began its tumultuous sweep across the American social landscape.
Why have so many of us passively abandoned what God has established (Matthew 19:6) in favor of what he hates (Malachi 2:16)? My concern is not so much with the party wanting the divorce as with his/her friends and associates who “cave” rather than aggressively advocate for the couple’s marriage. One of the reasons we have caved is that we have bought into a faulty vision of marriage as a purely romantic relationship sustained by love, and only now are active Christians rejecting that faulty vision for a vision of covenant marriage with profound public consequences that include the parenting of children who will sustain the society and the possibility of human flourishing.