Archive - March, 2012

The Missing Factor in Higher Education

I finally finished reading Perry Glanzer’s outstanding article in the March issue of Christianity Today. It’s entitled “The Missing Factor in Higher Education: How Christian universities are unique, and how they can stay that way.” An excerpt:

When it comes to the moral dimension of education, are Christian colleges and universities different? Actually, they are. Evangelical college and university mission statements are filled with language about moral goals and ideals. Sometimes they even mention wisdom. For instance, Indiana’s Huntington University seeks to “educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and a continued quest for wisdom.”

But does it matter in practice? Research shows that Christian, particularly evangelical, institutions demonstrate a marked moral difference in five areas: (1) faculty attitudes; (2) Bible, theology, and ethics in the curriculum; (3) measured or reported impact on character or moral attitudes; (4) students’ moral reasoning; and (5) alumni views about moral education.

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More Americans Rejecting Marriage in 50s and Beyond

I don’t trust everything in the NY Times (particularly the op-ed pieces), but this disheartening article seems legit. An excerpt:

Over the past 20 years, the divorce rate among baby boomers has surged by more than 50 percent, even as divorce rates over all have stabilized nationally. At the same time, more adults are remaining single. The shift is changing the traditional portrait of older Americans: About a third of adults ages 46 through 64 were divorced, separated or had never been married in 2010, compared with 13 percent in 1970, according to an analysis of recently released census data conducted by demographers at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio.

The writer goes on to observe that “many baby boomers, who came of age during the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s, feel less social pressure to marry or stay married than their parents and grandparents did.”

HT: Eric C. Redmond

Marriage, Class, and Social Justice

Glenn Stanton, director of family-formation studies at Focus on the Family and the author of The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage (Moody, 2011), has a great article on how marriage rates are becoming dramatically and increasingly divided along class lines. This observation suggests that the poor will get poorer, and the rich richer (as marrieds tend to have greater wealth than their single counterparts). An excerpt:

In 1960, the poorly and moderately educated were only 10 percent less likely to be married than the college educated with both numbers quite high: 84 and 94 respectively. That parity largely held until 1978. Today, the two groups are separated by a 35 percent margin….marriage is sinking dramatically among low- and middle-class Americans, down from 84 percent to a minority of 48 percent today.”

Read the whole thing.

Undefeated – New true-story movie

This looks like a great new true-story documentary on the role of fathers in the lives of their sons. It’s a well-worn genre perhaps, but the particular circumstances of this one seem particularly unique and touching:

Megan Basham writes:

“Those who complain about the negative portrayals of Christians in film should not miss this opportunity to celebrate a first-rate entry in the underdog sports genre that also happens to offer a striking portrait of Christ’s love in action.”


Births Outside Marriage The New Norm

For the first time in American history, more than half of all births to American women under 30 are occurring out of wedlock.

The phenomenon is more common for poorer and less educated women. College graduates are the one demographic that overwhelmingly waits for marriage to have children, reports the NY Times.

HT: Marvin Olasky

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