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November 22, 2006


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Pastor: You mention egalatarian marriages and the neo-traditional model for famililes. It seems that from what you write that the neo-traditional model would make for longer-lasting, more enjoyable marriages. Is that right? Is there any research on that? What are your thoughts? Go Cowboys!


These sociologists that are being quoted say that statistically, the neo-traditional seem to happier. Even if they're correct, on a case by case basis, it is quite possible that many egalitarian marriages are very happy.

My thoughts? I'm all over the map on this. This was something I spent a lot of time studying over the years and I honestly have to say that I can argue most sides of this issue pretty well. You might say I'm a little confused at this point. I usually try to focus on issues on the micro level (things like living the fruit of the Spirit in our homes) versus the macro level (complimentarian, egalitarian, neo-traditional, etc.). In fact, I think that's where most people live and it's what really matters, it seems to me. About 15 years ago Time Mag reported on a study that showed that men in traditional marriages did more housework than those who claimed to be egalitarian. I'll have to elaborate on this some time.

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