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Marriage Made in Eden: A Pre-Modern Perspective for a Post-Christian World

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Why Does Marriage Today Seem To Be Such a Far Cry From Paradise?Let's face it. Our culture's version of marriage is not as God designed it to be. With a lot more emphasis on individualism and consumerism, today's married couples tend to lose sight of God's original purpose for marriage—a call for his people to take Jesus' message to the heart of everyday life. Marriage Made in Eden provides a radical alternative to today's view of marriage, giving a glimpse into the historical and cultural aspects that have ...

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Overview

Why Does Marriage Today Seem To Be Such a Far Cry From Paradise?Let's face it. Our culture's version of marriage is not as God designed it to be. With a lot more emphasis on individualism and consumerism, today's married couples tend to lose sight of God's original purpose for marriage—a call for his people to take Jesus' message to the heart of everyday life. Marriage Made in Eden provides a radical alternative to today's view of marriage, giving a glimpse into the historical and cultural aspects that have shaped marriage in America. With this insightful analysis you'll learn how marriage has come to be in the state we now find it and about God's model and purpose for a sacred Christian union.

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Marriage is both a relationship between two people and between God and his people. Matthews (educational ministries & women's ministries, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and Hubbard, a Christian counselor, maintain that there is a constant struggle between God's people-"resident aliens"-and prevailing cultural attitudes about lifestyles, including marriage, to which Christians have too often conformed, much to society's detriment. Ideally, they assert, marriage should be missional, providing a superior alternative to society's version of marriage as simply a civil contract. This book is both a study comparing the scriptural definition of marriage with cultural (and particularly postmodern) views of marriage and a fascinating guide that counselors, whether pastoral or secular, as well as anyone married, will find thought-provoking. The authors, who have both been married for over 40 years and have considerable experience in counseling and women's studies, presumably know whereof they speak and communicate the issues well. Readers will not agree with every point but will have much to ponder. Recommended for academic, public, and Christian seminary libraries.-Mary Prokop, Savannah Country Day Sch., GA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606083895
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Mathews, PhD (University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology) is former academic dean at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she served on the faculty since 1999. Having served in theological education for thirty years, she has lectured in areas of cultural analysis, gender issues in ministry, and a Christian understanding of marriage and family. Her pubications include A Woman God Can Lead and Preaching That Speaks to Women. Alice is also heard daily on the radio program Discover the Word. M. Gay Hubbard, PhD, is in private counseling practice with Charis Counseling Services, Denver, CO. Her interests include the study of women's developmental life cycle, women's needs and responses in the counseling process, and the integration of psychology and theology into a biblically based model for counseling theory and relationships.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Preface 15
Acknowledgments 17
1. Laying a Foundation 19
Part 1 The Culture's Case against Marriage
2. Marriage in the Postmodern Culture 33
3. The Culture's Alternatives to Marriage 61
4. The Myth of the Victorian Ideal 91
5. Accommodation to the Culture 109
6. New Wineskins for New Wine 131
Part 2 God's Case for Marriage
7. Preparing to Hear God's Case for Marriage 153
8. Marriage on God's Terms 175
9. Marriage in the Already-But-Not-Yet 189
10. Missional Marriage 203
11. A Map for Our Postmodern, Post-Christian World 219
12. There Be Dragons Here 237
Appendix A Survey Questions 251
Appendix B The Six New Testament Household Codes 255
Notes 261
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