Better Family Values: A New Paradigm for Family Policy Can Bridge the Partisan Gap

Citation: 
Browning, Don and Carol [Browning]. “Better Family Values: A New Paradigm for Family Policy Can Bridge the Partisan Gap.” Christianity Today 39(2):29-32, 1995.
Abstract: 

“Better Family Values” charts a program for cooperation in the church between neoconservatives and neoliberals in support of the family. Neoconservatives believe that changing cultural and social values are mainly responsible for the decline of the family, though they also acknowledge that economic and social conditions play a role as well. Neoliberals place the blame primarily on failed economic, social and government programs, yet they admit that changes in society and culture contribute to the crisis. The Brownings believe that both groups can cooperate to address the problems families face today. Their “program for cooperation” recommends: (1) that abortion and homosexuality be located within the larger issue of family decline; (2) that both groups use the Bible with a greater sense of context; (3) that neoliberals pay less attention to the social sciences and that neoconservatives pay more attention; (4) that neoliberals look less to the government and neoconservatives more to the government in solving family problems; and (5) that both groups approach the subversive effects of market forces on the family with more sophistication.

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