Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage and What to Do about It

Religion, Marriage, and Family Book Series

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  • Published: 2003, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 0-8028-1112-4
  • 272 pages
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The processes of modernization and globalization promise more wealth and health for many people. But they are also a threat to the stability and quality of marriage and family life. This book—at once sobering and constructive—looks at the impact of these processes on marriage and asks what Christianity, in cooperation with other religions, can do to strengthen married life today. Among the deleterious effects of modernization and globalization on marriage are a worldwide drift of men away from the responsibility of parenthood and the tendency of mothers to take on too readily the task of childrearing alone. After looking at recent research on these and other problems, Browning suggests that the cure for modern marital disruption entails reforming and reconstructing the institution of marriage while also nurturing relevant forms of social support. Yet the effort to initiate a "world marriage revival" requires a complex cultural work, and Browning explores the key contributions that the religions of the world must make for such an effort to be successful. (Sex, Marriage, and Family Project)

About the Author: Don S. Browning†

The Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics and the Social Sciences at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and the first Robert W. Woodruff Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR), Browning was a founding figure in practical theology and a catalyst in a wide-ranging discussion about religion, marriage, and family. Esteemed as a mentor and colleague, he was a prolific author and editor and continued to write until his final days, completing his last book, Private Order to Public Covenant:  Christian Marriage and Modern Marriage Law (co-authored with CSLR Director John Witte, Jr.), two weeks before his death. He produced more than 20 volumes, nine during his decade with the CSLR.

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