The form and function of family have undergone significant changes in the last half-century. Perhaps the most telling example is the fact that 35% of marriages now end in divorce. With respect to our study it is particularly alarming that Christians are just as likely (35%) to divorce as families outside of the church. (As a side note it is also interesting that Pentecostals, one of the more "Traditional" and fundamentalist groups, also has the highest rate of divorce at 44%. source: The Barna Group, Ltd.)
Don S. Browning, director of the Lilly Project on Religion, Culture, and the Family at The University of Chicago Divinity School, and his wife Carol, follow the Church’s role in responding to the dramatic changes of the "Modern Family." They then look at the effect that the breakdown of marriage has had on children, and conclude with a suggestion for how live as "self-sacrifice" can provide a foundation for how couples should function within a marriage.
Article: "The Church and the Family Crisis"
- As a young couple, what role has the Church had in shaping your own marriage?
- Do you agree with the Browning’s that raising children should be the "primary task" of families?
- What is your response to the suggestion that, "The church has familylike qualities, but it is not a family?"
- How has love been understood and practiced within your own marriage?