Last week, I joined Aaron Renn and Chris Wiley for a conversation on responding to crisis. This is a follow-up we recorded, in which we responded to some of the great questions that we were sent by viewers of that webinar.
Yesterday, I joined my friends Aaron Renn and C.R. Wiley for a webinar in which we discussed ways to respond to coronavirus—and crisis more generally. This is the recording.
Harriet Connor joins me today to discuss ways to produce a society more hospitable to motherhood. She recently wrote a piece on the subject for the Gospel Coalition Australia, called ‘Treasuring the Immeasurable Work of Mothers’ and is the author of the book Big Picture Parents.
One of my supporters has very kindly transcribed this video, discussing some of the differences among complementarians. I don’t have time to transcribe my videos myself, so anyone willing to volunteer to transcribe one video every week or fortnight would be greatly appreciated! The transcript is very lightly edited at a few points for the purpose of comprehension.
The issue of consent has been much discussed in the wake of, among other things, the #MeToo movement, and I was wondering how we can relate that to the types of marriage practices that we see in the Bible, where consent really is not at the forefront, if relevant at all. What are we to make of concubinage, war brides, bride kidnapping (in Judges), rape laws (where unbetrothed virgins may be given in marriage to their rapists) or just the fact that Mosaic law seems to place a daughter’s choice of spouse entirely in her father’s hands? Many have highlighted that what David did to Bathsheba was most likely rape, but do we also change the way we speak about, say, Abraham and Hagar? As a concubine/slave, was Hagar in a position to consent? How do we speak honestly and forcefully about the evil of forced marriage and the importance of consent, considering that the Bible does not seem to condemn these things in a straightforward way? The Church has historically held that mutual consent is necessary for marriage, but was that arrived at independent of the biblical witness or in proper extrapolation from it? I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue.
Pastor C.R. Wiley joins me to discuss practical steps towards the recovery of the household in the modern world.