Marriage Made in Eden: A Pre-Modern Perspective for a Post-Christian World
Marriage Made in Eden is replete with fresh insights into the true meaning of Christian marriage. The authors describe marriage as more than a civil contract -- it is also a depiction of the relationship between God and God's people.
Seeing marriage this way shapes God's people in four ways:
- God created male and female to bear the divine image equally.
- Since the image-bearers ruptured their relationship with God through sin, the image in them is "bent and broken."
- God promises one day to restore the distorted image.
- Marriage is shaped both by personal brokenness and by the culture's hostility toward God's purposes.
The authors give a thorough and sound biblical theology of marriage, concluding that marriage is not about power. "It is not about forming a hierarchy of privilege or of authority or of importance. ... Marriage is not about one broken image-bearer controlling another." The book, while educational, is also immensely practical. As Gary J. Oliver writes in the foreword, this book is "a gold mine....Their discussions on the transformational and missional nature of marriage are profound."
“Alice Mathews and Gay Hubbard bring together decades of experience in this thoughtful, interdisciplinary volume.” – Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Eastern University
“At last a profoundly biblical book on Christian marriage.” – Gordon Fee, Professor Emeritus, Regent College “Must-reading for all Christians concerned with promoting an understanding of marriage that is in accordance with God’s intentions” – Stanely J. Grenz, Pioneer McDonald Professor, Carey Theological Seminary
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ALICE P. MATHEWS is Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Associate Professor of Educational Ministries and Women's Ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
M. GAY HUBBARD (PhD) is in private counseling practice with Christian Counseling Associates, Osborne, Kansas. Her interests include the study of women's life developmental life cycle and the integration of psychology and theology into a biblically based model for counseling theory and relationships.