In my most recent post, in that short list of topics we United Methodists must find a way to discuss in love and truth, I mentioned sexuality. In light of that point, here is an example of why I said what I said. Of all the things I’d like to talk about in my blog, this is not one of them, but I believe we must pay attention.
Monogamy per se is being called into question. Have a look at this essay in Slate.
I share this link for the sake of thoughtful discussion. I am not interested in tit-for-tat polemics. I think this author’s argument is porous, but what is important to notice is not so much the details, but the basic claim she is making…and on what basis.
Please remember: Slate is considered mainstream. And here we have:
“The definition of marriage is plastic.”
Yes it is, and evidently becoming more so.
Referring to herself as a feminist, the author reveals the basis for her argument for polygamy:
“And if she wants to marry a man with three other wives, that’s her damn choice.”
As long as the relationship is consensual between adults, it’s your damn choice, apparently, to form whatever arrangement you prefer.
Does the church have an answer? Maybe. What do I think about this? I don’t know. My head hurts right now. Eventually, I’ll get back to you on what I think.