Editor’s Note: This article is an excerpt from CBMW’s November 2020 Newsletter. To receive our monthly ministry updates in your inboxes, you may sign up here.
As the institution of marriage continues to implode in the West, there seems to be a growing and near-universal apprehension about the social vacuum it is leaving behind. While most conservatives continue to advocate for the good of marriage by pointing to the central role it has played throughout human history in creating healthy and just societies, more and more progressives are searching for a marriage replacement.
At least some of these replacement efforts come from a place of genuine concern. Sadly, a great many Americans have experienced the costly effects of the breakdown of marriage firsthand, as their own parents, grandparents, siblings, or children have gone through divorce or had to cope with the challenges presented by out-of-wedlock birth.
But some efforts at replacing marriage are animated by a…