Children with fathers do better
Yet a recent study has discovered (marvelous, eh?) that fathers who play an active role in their children's lives can vastly improve their wellbeing and future prospects. Doubtless the authors are 'homophobic', or Cranmer manifests multiple phobias for daring to reproduce the findings which appear in the journal ‘Acta Paediatrica’. They are based on a review by Swedish researchers:
"Our detailed 20-year review shows that overall, children reap positive benefits if they have active and regular engagement with a father figure" said Dr Anna Sarkadi from the Department of Women's and Children's Health at Uppsala University, Sweden.
She added that "children who had positively involved father figures were less likely to smoke and get into trouble with the police, achieved better levels of education and developed good friendships with children of both sexes.
"Long-term benefits included women who had better relationships with partners and a greater sense of mental and physical well-being at the age of 33 if they had a good relationship with their father at 16."
The researchers concluded that public policy should reflect the crucial role of the father: "We hope that this review will add to the body of evidence that shows that enlightened father-friendly policies can make a major contribution to society in the long run, by producing well-adjusted children and reducing major problems like crime and antisocial behaviour."
Marriage is a creation ordinance and therefore God’s teaching on marriage and sex is relevant to the world as well as to the church. Marriage is meant for the good of all people – not just Christians. Marriage clearly is different from other types of relationship, for it is part of God’s ‘common grace’.
The Bible clearly teaches that the only context for sexual activity is within lifelong monogamous marriage (1Cor 6:9). Marriage is the proper context for raising children, and this Swedish research establishes that marriage is superior to other types of human relationships in terms of the benefits it gives both to adults and children.
Of course, Cranmer realises that it is not PC to state this, but he has given up counting his alleged phobias for fear of developing the all-embracing and unavoidably terminal vivaphobia.