It’s my 25th wedding anniversary today. The other contracting party to this celebration has a strong desire to maintain a non-presence on the internet, so the non-mention of that person in this blog post is out of respect, not disrespect. So instead, let me reflect on the nature of marriage from this quote from a 22 Jul 1874 newspaper article, which again uses that modern sounding phrase “all the rage” …
Within this one sentence, marriage is described with the words “united”, “bonds” and “wedlock”; three words that emphasise the permanent joining together of two persons to become one flesh, a thoroughly biblical understanding. This is in contrast to the modern view of marriage as
- a partnership (rather than a unity);
- of two people hanging out together for mutual convenience (rather than a bond);
- while ever romantic feelings of love persist (rather than a wedlock of permanence).
I like the 1874 definition better, and hope it becomes all the rage again.