Friday, April 06, 2007

David Instone-Brewer on Rudy Giuliani

David Instone-Brewer discusses Rudy Giuliani's multiple marriages and "any cause" divorces on He equates "any cause" divorce with the modern "no-fault" one.

"There is now a growing scholarly consensus among evangelicals on this issue. Even evangelical professors like Craig Keener of Duke University and William Heth at Taylor University, who have each previously published books with more traditional interpretations, now teach differently. Drawing on my own work, "Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible" (Eerdmans, 2002), they conclude that Jesus and Paul would have rejected no-fault divorce and that they would have permitted a wronged partner to initiate a divorce based on the Old Testament grounds of adultery or neglect."

Instone-Brewer thinks that Evangelicals will eventually reject Giuliani as a presidential candidate when reasons for his dissolved marriages become clear:

"And political candidates like Mr. Giuliani, whose philandering apparently helped lead to both of his divorces, may fall out of favor with this pool of voters."

No comments: