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On March 3, the Love and Fidelity Network cosponsored a day-long conference with the Muslim Life Program and AltMuslimah.com called “Courtship, Marriage, and Divorce: The American Muslim Happily Ever After.” This event brought together a diverse group of thinkers ranging … Continue reading
Direct source: “Model 3 includes a dichotomous variable measuring premarital sex and indicates that women who had their first sexual encounter prior to first marriage are about 34% more likely to experience marital dissolution at each point in their marriages … Continue reading
The answer lies in norms fundamental to the nature of marriage. Ideally, marriage is characterized by permanence and fidelity, which foster a uniquely strong and enduring relationship. Marriage is not merely a union of hearts and minds, nor is it only a romantic or sexual partnership. It is a comprehensive union that unites a husband and wife across all dimensions of the person.
Fathers bring distinctive talents to the parenting enterprise. The work of psychologist Ross Parke, for instance, indicates that fathers are more likely than mothers to engage their children in vigorous physical play (e.g., roughhousing), to challenge their children — including their daughters — to embrace life’s challenges, and to be firm disciplinarians. Not surprisingly, children benefit from being exposed to the distinctive paternal style.
A regular observance of the weekly dating column in “The Guide” would indicate that students and young adults choose to cohabit as a safety net due to an anxiety over dating and marriage that seems almost impossible to rectify. Yet, if the previous assertions about the risky effects of cohabitation are legitimate, much is at stake. As young adults, our futures hang in the balance and are often determined by the choices we make with our relationships. It is worth thoughtfully considering what the implications of cohabiting may be for us if we hope to secure a solid and stable future well-being.
… marriage is friendship.
But not just any kind of friendship—in particular, the institutional model seeks to create what Aristotle called “the best kind of friendship.” Aristotle argued that there are three kinds of friendship: for the sake of pleasure, utility, or good. The highest kind of friendship, for good, is one in which each wishes the other well for his own sake. In this kind of friendship, friends are bound together not because they seek to use the other person, whether it’s for pleasure, a better social position, or economic benefit—no, they are instead bound together by virtue.