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Does Solomon’s Hundreds of Wives Mean That the Bible Promotes Polygamy?

| February 10, 2016

In 1 Kings 11, verse 3, we read that Solomon, the king who ruled at the pinnacle of Israelite power, had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Other great men of the Old Testament also had more than one wife. Are we to conclude that God encourages polygamy? Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, in When Critics […]

What Are the Advantages of Monogamy?

| October 10, 2014

William Tucker, the author of Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us Human, quotes extensively from Joseph Henrich of the University of British Columbia, Robert Boyd of UCLA , and Peter Richerson of UC Davis, from a published article entitled “The Puzzle of Monogamous Marriage.” The article first notes the following paradox: The anthropological record indicates […]

Will Gay Marriage Weaken Monogamy?

| October 8, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  William Tucker, in his book Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us Human, argues that the weakening of monogamy in modern America is cause for great concern. He goes to great lengths to show that monogamy is what makes us human, and is what has allowed western civilization to flourish. Tucker explains: […]

How Are Polygamy and Warfare Related?

| October 6, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  William Tucker, in his book Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us Human, makes the case that polygamy and warfare are inextricably linked. Tucker writes: The hallmark of a polygamous society is that there is always a shortage of women. The Nash Equilibrium is upset and men compete more aggressively for women, […]

Which Came First, Polygamy or Monogamy? Part 2

| October 3, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1, we saw that monogamy was the original marital practice of ancient humans. Monogamy, however, came under attack when the hunter-gatherers came under attack. What led to the demise of hunter-gatherers? The problem that led to the near-extinction of hunting-and-gathering cultures was their inability to support large population densities. […]

Which Came First, Polygamy or Monogamy? Part 1

| October 1, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  According to William Tucker, in his book Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us Human, human beings were hunter-gatherers for thousands of years before settling down in larger population groups and becoming agricultural societies around 10,000 years ago. Over the last couple hundred years, as anthropologists have discovered and studied ancient hunter-gatherer […]

Why Monogamy?

| September 29, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt My friend, Wes, has again recommended to me a great book which I just finished. The book is called Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us Human and is written by William Tucker. Here is Tucker explaining what he is going to tackle in the book: The premise from which we will work […]

What Are the Best Arguments for Traditional Marriage? #8 Post of 2012

| December 14, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt The citizens of North Carolina voted Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 61% to 39% in favor of adding an amendment to the state constitution that re-affirms the traditional view of marriage between one man and one woman.  Even though this was an overwhelming victory, it still saddens me that so many people […]

What Are the Benefits of Traditional Marriage?

| November 7, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt I think that the benefits of traditional marriage are taken for granted among a large portion of the population.  Whenever there is talk of changing the definition of marriage, we must revisit why we have the current definition.  And we must also ask if the current version of marriage is serving […]

Why Should You Vote “For” the NC Marriage Protection Amendment?

| May 7, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Tomorrow is a big day in North Carolina because we are casting votes on whether a marriage protection amendment should be added to the state constitution, something that a large number of other states have already done.  I have written on marriage and gay marriage in the past, and you can […]

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