3.01.2006

Patriarchy on the rise

Here I go again. Great article I’m going to try to summarize. Al Mohler reviews Phillip Longman’s article in Foreign Policy: "Why Men Rule--and Conservatives Will Inherit the Earth." This magazine is at the center of cultural influence, and so this kind of article there is very significant. Quotes below are Longman; the rest is Mohler. I'm giving you snippets to entice you to go there...

"For more than a generation now, well-fed, healthy, peaceful populations around the world have been producing too few children to avoid population decline…. from China, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, to Canada, the Caribbean, all of Europe, Russia, and even parts of the Middle East."

The reasons for this… often a loss of social cohesion and confidence and… the erosion of the social structure.

"Among states that voted for President George W. Bush in 2004, fertility rates are 12 percent higher than in states that voted for Senator John Kerry," Longman reports.

“secular and libertarian elements in society fail to reproduce, and as people adhering to more traditional, patriarchal values inherit society by default,"

“Under a true patriarchal system, such as in early Rome or 17th century Protestant Europe, fathers have strong reason to take an active interest in the children their wives bear. That is because, when men come to see themselves, and are seen by others, as upholders of a patriarchal line, how those children turn out directly affects their own rank and honor."

The Bible reveals a form of patriarchy as the norm--with men called to lead within the marital union and the family, as well as the church.

2 comments:

  1. I read the same post by Mohler. It was quite interesting.

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