Civil Marriage, Uncivil Times: An Exploratory Paper
The Reverend Canon Mark Rudolph, about whom you can learn here, is the rector of Saint John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Abington, Pennsylvania. As it happens, St. John’s is my home parish and Fr. Rudolph is my priest. St. John’s, like every other church which remains steadfast in supporting the traditional, historic, biblical, and Christian teaching about marriage, is struggling to find its place in a cultural, legal, and governmental environment where Christian marriage is in steep decline and battling back things like divorce, adultery, unmarried cohabitation, and homosexual relationships, among many other things.
Christians are finding various ways to address the various social ills described above, and one way, though certainly not the only way, to do so, is described by Fr. Rudolph in his exploratory paper entitled Civil Marriage, Uncivil Times. In the paper, Fr. Rudolph surveys the status of civil marriage in the United States, takes account of where it is going at this point, and suggests a way for churches to deal with their involvement in civil marriage in the near and foreseeable future.
His paper is rather thought provoking and appears to reflect the direction many churches are going right now. I have attached his paper to this blog to spark a conversation and invite comments and questions about it. It can be reviewed by clicking on the images below or, at the bottom of this blog, by clicking the link to the .pdf file.
Here is a downloadable .pdf of the paper: civil marriage uncivil times.11-17-14