Archive for July 2006

The Pursuit of Marriage: Part 1, Marriage Mandate

20 July, 2006 EUTC

This is the first in a series of posts considering the issue of choosing to pursue marriage. Evangelicals treat this issue in various ways. The traditional view is that there is an obligation to get married (except for those gifted to remain single), such that single men must pursue marriage with a sense of urgency, and single women should cooperate in being pursued. While this is not taught much these days, it seems to be gaining a resurgence, and with that, new opposition. In this post I will briefly consider the argument made for this position based on 3 key bible passages, Gen 2:18, Matt 19:10-12 and 1 Cor 7.

The foundation for this view lies in Gen 2:18, It is not good for the man to be alone. This is interpreted as a mandate against singleness and for marriage. While the statement in Genesis is being given as a reason for the creation of Eve for Adam, it is viewed as applying to all adults with few exceptions, mandating that they should not be alone, but should instead be married, and that there is urgency to do what can be done to escape the aloneness (mainly directed at men, who have a more proactive role to play). (more…)

Deciding If She’s The One

13 July, 2006 EUTC

In Stop Test-driving Your Girlfriend Michael Lawrence (an associate pastor at my church, Capitol Hill Baptist Church) discusses how a guy should go about deciding whether to marry someone. Here are a few comments that come to mind:

Michael speaks of asking the questions “Am I the sort of man a godly woman would want to marry?” and “What sort of qualities should I be looking for in a wife?” A good resource on these questions (and the equivalents for women) can be found within Rick Warren’s Relationship Series (part 3, the other part 3, parts 4 and 5). (more…)

Some Links on Science and Religion

11 July, 2006 EUTC

Thabiti blogs about a project to explore the intersection between Pentecostalism and Science. I’m curious as to what this research might entail. While I believe that science necessarily excludes supernatural hypotheses, there is room for it to examine the natural effects of the supernatural. The link between the supernatural causes and the natural effects, while reasonable for those with faith, is itself not scientific. For example, scientists could describe speaking in tongues according to grammatical structure, and analyse the regions of the brain that are active while it occurs, it is up to people speaking theologically (rather than scientifically) to discuss whether the phenomena is caused by the Holy Spirit.

Justin Taylor links to a Mark Driscoll post answering questions about Creation, and results in some interesting debate in his comments section on the interpretation of Gen 1,2 in the light of science.

The Island of Doubt has a post on 2 recent magazine items related to science and religion, while Uncertain Principles links to another such article from Phyiscs Today.