A Comprehensive Introduction
OverviewWhy should we care about marriage?
There is a lot of confusion about the purpose of marriage todayâ€”outside the church as well as within it. Written by a distinguished Christian sociologist, Christian Marriage is a theologically rich, biblically robust, and sociologically informed treatise on the nature and value of marriage. Drawing on recent social science research, empirical data, and social history, Ayers paints a picture of marriage as an institution meant for human flourishing.
Along the way, Ayers addresses such topics as
Dating and selection of a spouse
The importance of premarital counseling
Sex and procreation
Mentoring and supporting unmarried believers
Divorce and remarriage
And current controversies surrounding premarital sex and same-sex marriage.
Though the book is academically and theologically informed, it is written with a pastoral heart. It seeks to provide a rich resource for pastors and counselors on a topic of supreme importance to a vibrant church and society.