Religion, Culture, and Family

For over a decade, the Religion, Culture, and Family Project addressed the contemporary situation of American families from a range of theological, historical, legal, biblical, and cultural perspectives. Among its many products, are numerous books, conferences , and professional consultations, along with the award-winning, PBS documentary film, “Marriage–Just a Piece of Paper?” and companion congregational discussion guide. The project was funded by the Lilly Endowment.


“Family Values: The Continuing Concern for Religious Ethics,” Review of Water is Thicker than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness, by Jana Bennett, Equality and the Family: A Fundamental Practical Theology of Children, Mothers, and Fathers in Modern Societies, Don S. Browning, and The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought by Brent Waters, 30:2 Journal of the Society for Christian Ethics (Fall/Winter 2010): 223-227.

“Fatherhood, Feminism, and Family Altruism,” in The Equal Regard Family and Its Friendly Critics, John Witte, Jr., M. Christian Green, and Amy Wheeler eds. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007), 69-94

Editor with John Witte, Jr., and Amy Wheeler, The Equal Regard Family and Its Friendly Critics (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007)

Editor with Don S. Browning and John Witte, Jr., Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions (New York: Columbia University Press 2006)

What Is the Family? II: Religious and Ethical Perspectives

Gender, Altruism, and Family

What Is the Family? I: Religious and Ethical Perspectives

“Marriage–Just a Piece of Paper?” (director, Brian Boyer, 2002)

“Negotiating the Middle Way in the American Family Debate,” 5:3 Criterion (Autumn 1996): 10-19.