Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Marriage Centrally Involves Commitment to Self-Sacrifice

That's my understanding of it, and I think it transcends both religion and culture. What do you think? Seems to me if more people believed this about marriage before they got married, there would be a whole lot less divorces in our society.

1 comment:

Mark in Spokane said...

First, great to see you blogging again!

Second, formation for marriage has to take place prior to marriage. Churches and other mediating institutions need to do a much more effective job at conveying what marriage means and what it requires in order to foster a stronger culture of marriage within our society.

Third, while there is no question that the shift in the law towards no-fault divorce in the early 1970's had a profound influence on the social expectations surrounding marriage, that shift was itself the result of a sea-change in the culture regarding marriage. Restoring marriage in our society is much more of a cultural project rather than a strictly legal one.