...When couples come to ministers to talk about their marriage ceremonies, ministers think it is interesting to ask if they love one another. What a stupid question! How would they know? Christian marriage isn't about whether you're in love. Christian marriage is giving you the practice of fidelity over a lifetime in which you can look back upon the marriage and call it love. The difficulty therefore [with talking about Christian marriage in a consistent and cohesive way], is that Christians, when they approach the issue, no longer know what marriage is....I find this a fascinating tangent amid the argument about how to define marriage and the high rate of divorce (Which is essentially equal among Christians and non-Christians). Perhaps when it comes down to it, none of us really know what we are talking about. I'd love to hear some reflections on Hauerwas' assessment.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Provocative Words on Love and Marriage
I came across an old article by one of my seminary professors, Stanley Hauerwas. He is always provocative, and this one does not let down: