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One of the things I think the gay-marriage debate has revealed is that many evangelicals do not have a robust theology of singleness.

The following talks are not directed to those who struggle with same-sex desire, but I think they are both helpful in helping the church recover a biblical understanding of a full and fulfilled life lived chastely before the Lord:

For the manuscript and audio of Piper’s talk, go here.


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5 thoughts on “A Theology of Singleness”

  1. Jessica says:

    Thank you so, so much for publishing this page–such an incredible encouragement!

  2. Rachel says:

    I read the manuscript of Piper’s talk– it’s good. “If someone asks, wouldn’t it be better to have both? The blessings of marriage and the blessings of heaven? …the blessings of being with Christ in heaven, are so far superior to the blessings of being married and raising children and that asking this question will be like asking: Wouldn’t it be better to have the ocean and the thimble full? …Marriage is temporary, and finally gives way to the relationship to which it was pointing all along: Christ and the church—the way a picture is no longer needed when you see face to face.”

    I think people forget this– that the real marriage is the one in Heaven when all Christians will be the Bride of Christ, and marriage on earth is a shadow and image of it.

  3. Bill B. says:

    It is amazing that a talk on a “theology of singleness” is taken on by someone who has been married most of his life! You would think someone who was like the apostle Paul would have been chosen to give that lecture? Though Keller is deserving of great respect for all that he does, on this one he does Christians a great disservice! For an excellent and thought provoking exposition of 1 Corinthians 7, read and ponder deeply Anthony Thiselton’s commentary; it is a must read. If I’ve read Paul correctly with the help of Thiselton, I think Paul is advocating that the majority of single persons(or divorced) get married. This is a plea for realism, not Kellar’s unrealistic ascetic/monastic existence which has proven never works, and always leads “irregular physical relationships”, unless one has the special gift. Much more could be said here, but Thiselton’s commentary must be read for all of the nuances of this very complicated issue!

  4. Josh Bleeker says:

    This is an important discussion, often overlooked, as is the discussion surrounding married couples without children (by choice or not by choice). Dallas Seminary devoted an entire issue of their magazine, , to the discussion.

  5. The gay-marriage debate also reveals that most Christians do not have a robust theology of marriage. We have to have more than “one-man, one-woman.”

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