18.8.12

C.S. Lewis: Marriage & Divorce. Same-Sex Marriage?

"A great many people seem to think that if you are a Christian yourself you should try to make divorce difficult for every one.  I do not think that.  At least I know I should be very angry if the Mohammedans tried to prevent the rest of us from drinking wine.  My own view is that Churches should frankly recognise that the majority of the British people are not Christians and , therefore, cannot be expected to live Christian lives.  There ought to be two distinct kinds of marriage: one governed by the State with rules enforced on all citizens, the other governed by the Church with rules enforced by her on her own members.  The distinction ought to be quite sharp, so that a man knows which couples are married in a Christian sense and which are not."
     When I read this passage from Mere Christianity I couldn't help but think of how his thoughts on divorce* could apply to other topics as well, that is, same-sex marriage.  I am not speaking for C.S. Lewis,  but following the same logic put forth in the last passage it would be reasonable to conclude that even though he views homosexuality as a sin he would not seek to prohibit the government from recognizing same-sex marriage.  I agree that we need to have two distinct marriages, one governed by the State and the other the Church.  I think that would solve a lot of problems.  I don't think that it is too much of a leap to apply his logic to a different topic, but perhaps you disagree.  I would love to hear your thoughts on it.  

Additional Reading;
  1. Here is some of what Lewis said about Homosexuality...
  2. When I googled this topic I found another blog who asked the same question... 



* "My own view[on divorce] is that Churches should frankly recognise that the majority of the British people are not Christians and , therefore, cannot be expected to live Christian lives.  There ought to be two distinct kinds of marriage: one governed by the State with rules enforced on all citizens, the other governed by the Church with rules enforced by her on her own members."

UPDATE: Here is an Evangelical argument permitting same-sex marriage laws...

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