by Jason Dees

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Series: The Art of Marriage
Jason Dees
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:15-24

The Art of Marriage: Gender Roles

We begin a discussion today that I am really excited about that we are framing or calling the Art of Marriage. And our cultural understanding of marriage has very clearly been changing. And of course not just on heterosexual marriage but on homosexual marriage also.

According to a recent report by Pew Research - 9 years ago in 2004 - Only 32% of Americans favored Same sex marriage

60% opposed same sex marriage. Today just 9 years later 50% are in favor of same sex marriage and only 43% percent are opposed. That is a huge philosophical shift in our culture, which of course clearly redefines people's definition or understanding of marriage in general.

I shared this statistic last week but among American High School students when asked. Do you think that being married is better for people in general than being single and living together?

Only 1/3 said yes. 1/3, meaning that 2/3rds of our high school students has a negative view towards marriage. That of course is a monumental shift in culture from where we were 50 years ago or even 20 years ago.

So what happened?

Well in a book that we are going to be pushing over the next several weeks The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller, Keller sites the legal scholar John Witte who is a legal scholar who works for Emory University in Atlanta and he has observed a lot about marriage and a lot about this change in the marriage ideal. Witte explains this dramatic shift in the ideal of marriage as one of the last manifestations if you will of Enlightenment thinking.

Witte writes.''The older ideal of marriage as a permanent contractual union designed for the sake of mutual love, procreation, and protection is slowly giving way to a new reality of marriage as a 'terminal sexual contract' designed for the gratification of the individual parties.''

So you have this incredibly p ...

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