Chuck Colson and Timothy George, in Christianity Today, explore the effect of portrayals of polygamy on pop culture through such television shows as Sister Wives and Big Love. Many conservative Christians in America have argued that the general acceptance of gay marriage in society will lead to ever-expanding notions of marital relations, and this article is no different. Interestingly, due to the negative effects of polygamy on women, Colson and George point out that the feminist movement will find allies with conservative Christians in the legal battle against polygamy. Culture warriors should get a kick out of that.
Carol Howard Merritt expresses her frustration with “emerging adulthood,” a term sociologists use to define the Odyssey years of the twenties because young adults “don’t have a marriage certificate or a mortgage.” Merritt believes we need new theologies of selfhood to understand adulthood as something separate from a career, family, or mortgage. Merritt does an admirable job of articulating the angst of most young adults, but nevertheless demonstrates the same confusion as most young adults about the notion of “adulthood.” People become adults when they take on responsibility, which is why things like a career, family, or mortgage are signs of adulthood. Sociologists believe young adults are extending their adolescence because they are choosing to forsake responsibility in favor of “discovering themselves” or “following their heart,” concepts which are intrinsically insular and focused on the self (indeed, Merritt’s article is titled “Negotiating our notions of self”). If young adults are serious about entering adulthood, then they should focus less on their selfhood and more on “other-hood” by taking responsibility for themselves and others.
On a lighter note, Jeff Kinley wonders if Jesus likes Halloween. It’s actually a serious piece that ends up addressing important issues such as the Fall, sin, grace, and Christian zombies. Yes, zombies.