Included in this week’s issue:
In his ground-breaking new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, Harvard professor for Public Policy, Robert Putnam explains that the decline of family is one of the most significant drivers of childhood poverty today. Many center-left scholars agree. Putnam explains,
“Those who have studied this change in family structure don’t all agree on exactly what caused it, but most agree that these factors contributed:
- Sex and marriage were delinked with the advent of the birth control pill.
- The feminist revolution transformed gender and marital norms.
- Millions of women [for various reasons] headed off to work [outside the home].
- The end of the long post-war boom began to reduce economic security for young working-class men.
- And individualistic swing of the cultural pendulum produced more emphasis on ‘self-fulfillment’.”
– Robert Putnam, Our Children, p. 62
As God’s unique image-bearers, we are familial, marital and sexual creatures by divine nature. These three are human universals because humans are universally created in the image of the relational, Trinitarian God who is a divine and eternal family. The gospel is God’s invitation into their love and intimacy. And to say humans can live without family is to say that humans can live apart from God’s very communal nature.
–Excerpt from Focus on the Family’s The Family Project.