According to Deuteronomy 24 the only suitable grounds for divorce is "a matter of indecency." Precisely what that phrase means, will become a central point of disagreement between the two prominent rabbinic schools of thought: Beth Shammai and Beth Hillel.
What does the pastor's marriage tell us?
About one in four Americans (27%) is intentionally sharing their married life with someone whose religious belief system is different from their own. If difference within traditions like Protestantism is included, the number jumps to 37%. This emerging trend is consistent with the generally agreed-upon trajectory of our culture. We are moving into a period … Continue reading A Hindu monk and a Baptist preacher got married
I worry that somehow by separating the act of love-making from procreation we somehow are feeding the already present gnostic tendencies of our culture. This gnostic tendency is present in the very atmosphere of our culture. It elevates internal, spiritual, self-referential over the external, material, and extrinsic. In this view the truest thing about the world is a first person, self-referential statement.
As capitalism developed into consumer capitalism, it is not difficult to see how our current socio-cultural arrangement makes possible something that has never been plausible before: the redefinition of a natural right on the basis of the experience of a relatively small number of people.