The New Middle Ground in the Family Debate: A Report on the 1994 Conference of the Religion, Culture, and Family Project

Citation: 
Wall, John. “The New Middle Ground in the Family Debate: A Report on the 1994 Conference of the Religion, Culture, and Family Project.” Criterion 33(3):24-31, 1994.
Abstract: 

John Wall’s essay “The New Middle Ground in the Family Debate” reports on the 1994 conference of the Religion, Culture and Family Project to outline the beginnings of a new consensus developing between the political left and right resulting from the deepening family crisis in America. Though each position continues to maintain the truthfulness of its own side, the middle ground that is forming demonstrates an attempt to balance the left’s concern for appropriate government support for families with the right’s concern to strengthen the family’s cultural and moral values. The article explores the meaning of this middle ground, the influence of Protestantism and moral traditions on family ethics, and the role genetic engineering on human embryos plays in the tension between government and traditional values in the family debate.

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