A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in many parts of American society. This "retreat from marriage in Middle America" will have wide-ranging social and economic consequences, say the survey's authors.
In one of the great tragic and unpredicted developments of our times, less educated Americans are now far less committed to marriage than in the recent past and even less committed to marriage than the educated elites.
Posted by R. Albert Mohler Jr., on December 8, 2010 4:10 PM
So long as this discussion stays centered on issues of tradition and boundaries we will continue to see marriage become an obsolete relic of a previous age, replaced by new forms of social networks unimagined now by the mainstream
Posted by Jason Pitzl-Waters, on December 8, 2010 4:01 PM
It isn't marriage that's in decline in our country. It's community. As a pillar of our common life, marriage is eroding along with so many other aspects of community important to our American experience.
Posted by Janet Edwards, on December 8, 2010 12:12 PM
A marriage is a boisterous affair for Hindus--the party begins even before the ritual is complete. Marriage is the foundation of societal structure across cultures, and when 40% of Americans proclaim marital obsolescence, that foundation is wobbly indeed.
Posted by Aseem Shukla, on December 8, 2010 11:56 AM