Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms
:Should all Christians be married? Although we might quickly respond "no," our cultural stories and norms-including those in the church-often communicate "yes." Theologian and husband Kutter Callaway considers why marriage, which is a blessing from God, shouldn't be expected...
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:Should all Christians be married? Although we might quickly respond "no," our cultural stories and norms-including those in the church-often communicate "yes." Theologian and husband Kutter Callaway considers why marriage, which is a blessing from God, shouldn't be expected or required of all Christians. Through an examination of Scripture, cultural analysis, and personal accounts, he reflects on how our narratives have limited our understanding of marriage and obscured our view of the life-giving and kingdom-serving roles of single people in the church. In doing so, Callaway helps the church craft a new story that transforms the way we look at marriage and affirms the contributions of all to the body of Christ.
Kutter Callaway (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he teaches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is the author of "Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience".
- <strong>part I: The Church And Culture As Easy Bedfellows</strong>
- 1. Disney Princesses, Taylor Swift, And The Bachelor: Pop Culture As Premarital Counselor And Sex Therapist
- 2. The Internal Narratives Of Contemporary Evangelicalism: Waiting On True Love, Kissing Dating Goodbye, And Bringing Up Princes And Princesses
- <strong>part Ii: Reconsidering The Biblical Witness</strong>
- 3. Bone Of My Bones And Flesh Of My Flesh: The First Testament On Marriage And What It Means To Be Human
- 4. Like A Virgin: The New Testament On Singleness And What It Means To Be Sexual
- <strong>part Iii: Developing A Theological Framework</strong>
- 5. The Call Of Marriage (or, Why Christians Should Get Married)
- 6. Desire In Singleness: Ascetics And Eternity (or, Why Christians Don’t Need To Get Married) (by Joshua Beckett)
- 7. Sex, Saints, And Singleness: Practical (re)consideration
- Conclusion: A Family Who Forgives Together . . .
- General Index
- Scripture Index