Inside Out 23: Early Marriage
I couldn’t get it out of my head: Mark Regnerus’s August 2009 cover article in Christianity Today titled “A Case for Early Marriage.” What turned out to be a follow-up article to his April 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed piece unsettled me. Did this associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin really think that parents and pastors should encourage men and women to marry in their early twenties ---before they finished their educations, before they began to pay off debt, before they established their careers?
Under the right circumstances, Regnerus says yes. Regnerus’s ideas buck the trends of the culture. They could, however, bring hope to those out-numbered young adults committed to a chaste life who despair at the thought of waiting for sex until they wed on the eve of their 30th birthdays.
Join us for our Inside Out conversation. You’ll find that Regnerus is a big fan of marriage. Along the way we talk about welcoming the possibility of love at college, the role of marriage in our growing maturity, and how adults can help their children think positively about marriage and sex.
Regnerus’s book Premarital Sex in America will be published in December 2010, following up on his 2007 book Forbidden Fruit, in which he studied the intersection of sex and religion in the lives of American teenagers. Regnerus is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a faculty research associate of the university’s Population Research Center.