A recommendation...

My friend, Bob Patterson, is a Contributing Editor to a monthly series of monographs published by Allan Carlson's The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society titled The Family in America. Currently at Volume 21, Number 3 (they're a little bit behind), I've read this publication for many years after having it recommended by Herb and Terry Schlossberg.

In its pages, I've learned much about the interface of the Academy, the civil authority, historians, the law, demographers, sociologists, etc. and the family order God ordained in the Garden of Eden as recorded by the Word of God. But don't misunderstand me: Scripture is very rarely mentioned in TFIA. The monographs are not biblical scholarship...

Over the years I've learned about the family wage, no-fault divorce laws, the politics of child support and fleeced fathers, the feminist evisceration of the academic discipline of home economics, the politics of child abuse, the new biopolitics of fertility, the politics of breastfeeding, the effects of student loan debt on marriage and childbearing, the real dangers of same-sex marriage, and much else. Reading TFIA has been something like pursuing a perpetual continuing education class in the interface of politics, government, the courts, and all academic disciplines as they all relate to marriage and the family.

So subscribe, already. You won't regret it.

And as one last teaser: Each issue contains four pages given to summaries of academic literature (mostly articles from refereed journals) that are of interest to those holding to the biblical view of marriage and family. This is my friend Bob's bailiwick, and he and Mr. Christensen do a superb job on it each month. By itself, it's worth the price of the subscription.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


Also take a look at THC's Religion and Society Report: http://www.profam.org/pub/archive_rs.htm

Old issues, edited by Harold O. J. Brown, are archived on the website.

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