Marriage still matters

For the research paper, you will be synthesizing what you have learned throughout this course and interacting with various scholarships on your chosen topic.

 

Selecting a Topic:

You can select any topic that is discussed throughout the course, but you will want to select your topic early as many of your assignments throughout the course can be directed to help you develop your research idea. The sooner you select your topic of research, the more time you will have to research and compose your paper.

 

Researching Your Topic:

You must use at least 8 scholarly sourcesin your paper, of which 3 must be articles. Your course textbooks may count as 2 of your 8 sources, but be sure that you do not weigh the paper down with information from the textbook. The majority of your research should come from other sources.

 

Writing the Paper:

The final research paper will be 7–8-pages long (not including the bibliography), focusing on a topic or issue discussed during the course. The paper should very clearly identify your topic and the argument of your paper in a strong thesis sentence, and the rest of the paper should build upon that thesis sentence. Be sure to correctly format the paper in Turabian style.

You will need to provide a complete, correctly formatted bibliography of resources with your paper.

 

Finishing the Paper:

Be sure to edit your paper for clarity of ideas, grammar, spelling, and punctuation before submitting. Submit the paper as a MS Word file.

The institution of marriage is not only symbolic, but also divine. It is believed to have been incepted by God among our first parents on earth and then given a duty to procreate, fill the earth, its being significant for companionship. However, the last two centuries have seen an increased rate of separation, divorce, cohabitation and the birth of children out of wed lock. Many individuals have attributed this to cultural integration and the social acceptance of cohabitation. However, a key question that lingers in the mind of many individuals now is the significance of marriage. Does it still matter?

An article written by Doherty et.al  [1]at The National Marriage Coalition  gives more than ten reasons why marriage matters. As per the authors, marriage is still significant because it ensures that parents, more so the male ones, establish a strong bond with their children. Naturally, the mother is always endowed with love to the children. There exists a stronger maternal bond between the mother and the child, probably formed in the early ten to fifteen years after the birth of the child[2]. However, the father has the role of creating a strong bond with his children, most of which is formed based on his responsibilities towards the family. Consequently, this relationship is hard to be created in a broken marriage[3]. The institution of marriage makes it easy for the father to establish this relationship.  Moreover, marriage ensures the stability of children in all spheres of life, social, economic and emotional. Research has indicated that children from united family’s fair well socially more than children from broken marriages. Doherty et.al (2014) also counsel that cohabiting can never be termed as a functional equivalence of the institution of marriage. This is because studies have indicated that children from cohabiting parents have life outcomes that are similar to that of children from sing mothers or single fathers. Furthermore, biological fathers and mothers who cohabit have been found to have 90% chances of separation, then married couples. Among other reasons discussed by the authors are that marriage is a universal human institution, growing outside a wedlock increases the chances of children divorcing in the future, divorced and separated parents amplify the rates of poverty among children, and wedded couples have more wealth than cohabiting or divorced individuals[4]. The authors conclude by saying that there are more than a million reasons why marriage still matters, most of all being all about love.

This article entirely fits in the scope of my proposed research. It gives the main reasons as to why individuals should see the institution of marriage as being very significant and seeking to preserve it. For instance, love is the basic tenet of marriage, giving it the main foundation. This article makes it clear that marriage is all about commitment, and real love does not exist in the absence of commitment. Furthermore, it being divine, marriage reflects the divine human relationship with God. This article makes it clear that marriage is a universal human institution that cannot be substituted with cohabitation. Moreover, children are the centerpiece of the institution of marriage. In many societies, a marriage is only termed as consummated only when the couples have children. Children are seen as the symbolic bond between the mother and the father, strongly holding them together. Therefore, almost everything within the family revolves around the children. Consequently, every argument in the selected article revolves around the influence of marriage and family along the life spheres of children. For instance, it touches on the emotional, social and religious aspects of the children[5]. The article shows how growing out of wedlock emotionally affects children and negatively influence their social life. Therefore, this article explains almost everything detailing the scope of my proposed study topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

DE DIJN, Herman. “How And Why Marriage Matters Even In Postmodern Times”.          INTAMS review 14, no. 1 (2008): 19-27.

Doherty, William. Twenty-One Reasons Why marriage matters. ebook. 1st ed.        national marriage coalition, 2012. Accessed June 16, 2016.         http://www.familyfirst.org.au/files/21-Reasons-Why-Marriage-Matters.pdf.

[1] Doherty, William. Twenty-One Reasons Why Marriage Matters. Ebook. 1st Ed. National Marriage Coalition, 2012. Accessed June 16, 2016. http://www.familyfirst.org.au/files/21-Reasons-Why-Marriage-Matters.pdf.

 

[2] Doherty, William. Twenty-One Reasons Why Marriage Matters. Ebook. 1st Ed. National Marriage Coalition, 2012. Accessed June 16, 2016. http://www.familyfirst.org.au/files/21-Reasons-Why-Marriage-Matters.pdf.

 

[3]  Herman DE DIJN, “How And Why Marriage Matters Even In Postmodern Times”, INTAMS review 14, no. 1 (2008): 19-27.

[4]  Herman DE DIJN, “How And Why Marriage Matters Even In Postmodern Times”, INTAMS review 14, no. 1 (2008): 19-27.

[5]  Herman DE DIJN, “How And Why Marriage Matters Even In Postmodern Times”, INTAMS review 14, no. 1 (2008): 19-27.