Cheap Sex Is the ‘Inconvenient Truth’ that Explains the Retreat from Marriage
Editor’s Note: The following piece was originally published by the Institute for Family Studies. It is adapted here with permission.
NYU Sociologist Paula England is right. The retreat from marriage in America began in the late 1960s, took off in …
As Australians Vote on Same-Sex Marriage, Concerns for Religious Liberty Loom
Nearly 30 countries have legalized same-sex marriage since 2000, sparking concern for religious freedom. In Australia, the situation is no different in that regard. Australians are voting on whether same-sex marriage should be legal. Although the vote is not binding, some politicians …
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Catholic Scholars vs. the Pope Who, They Charge, Is ‘Propagating Heresies’
The controversy surrounding Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia escalated last week. Sixy-two Catholic scholars, clerical and lay, have published a “filial correction” in which they accuse the Holy Father of “propagating heresies” in his remarks on divorce and …
Hugh Hefner’s Legacy of Despair
Hugh Hefner didn’t invent pornography, and it would no doubt be thriving today even if he hadn’t founded Playboy magazine those many years ago. After all, man is fallen, and somebody would have filled that depraved niche in …
Affirmative Action Has Failed. It Never Had a Chance to Succeed
This morning the New York Times published an extraordinary, data-rich article examining the outcome of diversity efforts at colleges and universities from coast to coast. The results, quite frankly, are sobering.
After decades of affirmative action, billions of dollars invested …
On Divorce, the Pope’s Private Communications Don’t Change Church Teaching
With the Church divided over the proper interpretation of one of Pope Francis’s writings, some Catholics are cheering on the defense of orthodoxy by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
About two weeks ago, Cardinal Joachim Meisner died. He had been …
The Strange Traditionalism of the Liberal Elite
One of the great conceits of progressivism and a certain brand of apocalyptic conservatism alike is that each generation grows up to reject the moralism of its parents: Out goes Betty Draper; in comes Betty Friedan. Each generation is the …
Resisting the Divorce Momentum
Editor’s note: Michael and Diane Medved will be appearing with Jay Nordlinger in Seattle on Wednesday night, hosted by the Discovery Institute. Tickets are available here.
Don’t Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing Your Marriage is a …
Are Millennials Following the ‘Success Sequence’?
The “success sequence” — the idea that the ticket out of poverty is to graduate high school, work full-time, and have kids only after reaching age 21 and getting married — has taken a beating from the left lately.
Some of the criticisms …
A Record Share of Men Are ‘Marrying Up’ Educationally
Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared on the website of the Institute for Family Studies. It is reprinted here with permission.
Good news for American men: A record 25 percent of husbands are now married to wives who have more education …
The Only Way to Rebuild the Marriage Culture
Editor’s Note: This piece is reprinted with permission from Acculturated.
If you spend any significant amount of time reading about the long-term decline of marriage among Americans with less education and lower incomes, you’ll notice a pattern: Liberals tend …
The Miserable Playboy Legacy
‘Sex for me is#…#perhaps the single greatest humanizing force on this earth,” Hugh Hefner said during a 1974 interview with CBS, sitting alongside Protestant theologian Harvey Cox. “It would be a rather sad planet if there weren’t two sexes. …
The Emerging Moral Majority
So long as there is any diversity of voices in mass media, we will have something like a “culture war.” Which is really no different than saying that the very normal human activity of complaining about the way things are …
Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission.
For today’s progressives, marriage doesn’t matter when it comes to fighting poverty in America. Melissa Boteach and Anusha Ravi of the …
The Continuing Threat to Religious Liberty
Two years to the day after the Supreme Court redefined marriage in Obergefell, the Court announced that it would hear a case about the extent to which private parties may be forced to embrace this new vision of marriage. The …
For Evangelicals, the Marriage Debate Is Just Beginning
Last week, retired pastor and popular author Eugene Peterson surprised many Christians by expressing support for same-sex marriage in an interview with Religion News Service (RNS). The next day he backtracked, releasing a statement reaffirming “a biblical view of marriage: …
What if Major Causes of Poverty Are Behavioral?
The Bronx, the only one of New York City’s five boroughs that is on the American mainland, once had a sociological as well as geographical distinction. In the 1930s it was called, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted, “the city …
The Three Divorce Magnets
Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from Diane Medved’s Don’t Divorce, and reprinted here with permission. On June 21, the author and her husband, radio host Michael Medved, will join NR senior editor Jay Nordlinger for a public …
What the New York Times Gets Wrong about Marriage, Health, and Well-Being
Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by the Institute for Family Studies. It is reprinted here with permission. Those interested in learning more can view a footnoted version on IFS’s website.
Last week, a New York Times …