Day Care: A Need Crying to Be Heard

Article by Donald E. and Bonnie J. Messer

Clearly, the American family is experiencing unprecedented change. The nuclear family system has been described by some commentators as dead or dying. But while change cannot be stopped, one important way of reinforcing the family is to establish, throughout the nation, day-care centers to which parents can entrust their young children. Indeed, the Harvard child …

Families in Crisis

Article by Garrett E. Paul

Book Review: From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate. Second edition By Don S. Browning, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Pamela D. Couture, K. Brynolf Lyon and Robert M. Franklin. (Westminster John Knox, 496 pp.) Though media and church debates suggest that the most pressing sex-related issues today are homosexuality, sexual violence …

Forming a Family

Article by Adrian Thatcher

More Lasting Unions: Christianity, the Family, and Society. By Stephen G. Post. Eerdmans, 205 pp. Paperback. Christianity and the making of the Modern Family. By Rosemary Radford Ruether. Beacon, 284 pp. These two books should nudge Christians toward a more compassionate, gender-conscious and tradition-aware understanding of marriage and the family. On the basis of empirical …

Heart of a Child

Article by Linda Lee Nelson

Book Review: The Child in Christian Thought Edited by Marcia J. Bunge. (Eerdmans, 513 pp., paperback). Neil Philip’s Illustrated Book of Myths includes a story the Algonquin Indians tell, titled “Glooskap and the Wasis.” Glooskap, the mightiest warrior of all, returns home after a lengthy period of conquests, only to be defeated by the mighty …

How Faith Shapes Fathers

Article by Don Browning

Book Review: Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands. By W Bradford Wilcox. University of Chicago Press, 337 pp., and paperback.   By exploring the contradictions between official theologies and the actual behavior of religious communities, sociologists of religion help religious people to view themselves more honestly — a sometimes deflating and …

Idolatry and the Family

Article by Leo Sandon, Jr.

One of life’s most cherished values is the experience of familial community. The love between husband and wife, parent and child, and between members of the extended family ranks high among our blessings. For most of us, home ties provide enduring joys. Unless we are world figures or persons of great office, our most important …