I’d like to get the thoughts of folks here on this subject. It’s something that Doug Wilson has addressed on his blog a number of times:
In recent years the position of many evangelicals is the that if you are single you have the “gift” of singleness, but the traditional view was that it was a special gift of God given to a minority:
“considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained.
First, It was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.
Secondly, It was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avoid fornication; that such persons as have not the gift of continency might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Christ’s body.
Thirdly, It was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.” The Form of Solemnization of Matrimony, 1662 BCP. (The joys of being Anglican!)
Sam Allberry has recently written a book “7 myths about singleness” and he seems to refer to the traditional view as one of those “myths”.
Anyone read Allberry’s book yet? And any thoughts on where the modern view has come from? Is it another capitulation to the times we live in?
Also feel free to correct me if you think my characterisation of the topic is at fault somewhere.