Christian women and dating asking men

02-Aug-2015 14:19 by 7 Comments

Christian women and dating asking men

Within the first couple of weeks of the school year, I had a number of female students come to my office saying that they were worried about graduating and moving on without having found their spouse.

If somebody were to push back and say, “No, young marriage is great,” I would say for some, yeah, it very well could be, if both people understand what they’re getting into.In sociology, when we talk about “success” in a marriage, we’re basically talking about whether you get divorced or separated, and that’s very black and white.You can be with someone for 50 years and not have a great relationship, and there’s a lot of internal turmoil happening that is not documented.According to George, this “not-so-hidden culture” emphasizes engagement instead of “encouraging men and women of faith to live out their individual vocations, which may or may not include marriage.” In the fall of 2014, George gathered some initial data on students’ attitudes about “ring by spring.” The results of her study are forthcoming in .I had the chance to talk with George about her research, the surprising sticking power of “ring by spring” culture—especially at a time when the age of first marriage in the US keeps climbing —and its implications for Christian college students.I realized very quickly that Christian colleges are seen as a place for women to find their spouse.

And I say that very intentionally—for to find their spouse—because the pressure didn’t seem to impact many of the male students on campus. I went to graduate school, graduated, and came back to teach at a Christian college.I was shocked that it still existed, you know, 15 years later. People started to make me more afraid that I wouldn’t find a spouse, saying, “Well, you’re never going to be around so many people of your same age with your same interests that come from a Christian background.” And there’s truth to that.When you were an undergraduate, what did you do with the “ring by spring” message? But people made that seem so limiting, like we didn’t have life after 22 unless we had a spouse.But I think if we are going to promote [young marriage], then we need to better prepare young people, because we’re seeing a lot of evangelical and other Christian populations mirroring—if not exceeding—the national divorce rate in broader US society.What would you say to church leaders, especially those who minister to college students, about how to address and even offset these common marriage pressures?I would encourage church leaders to have open conversations about the pressures of dating and marriage.

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