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Is Marriage a Modern Relic in Building Society - Mark Regnerus - Episode 23

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Release Date: 12/22/2020

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 Shane welcomes Barronelle Stutzman & Jack Phillips to talk about the importance of standing firm in our convictions, even when it costs us dearly.  Sometimes life becomes a fight, the spotlight turns on us and our convictions, and faithfulness is doing the next thing in faith and obedience.

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Shane welcomes Colson Center theologian-in-residence Tim Padgett to talk more about his interview with Ryan Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis and to identify the ugly assumptions that left over 60 million dead in the aftermath of Roe.

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Abortion hasn't just affected unborn babies—it's poisoned our culture, institutions, even our instinctive attitudes toward our kids. Shane welcomes Ryan Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis, who point the way toward restoration in a discussion of their new book, Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing.

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In Wayne Stender's last episode as product manager, Shane and Wayne pick up on the conversation with Kasey Leander, and go deeper into questions about how to watch "popcorn flicks" like reflective Christians.

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Shane welcomes Colson Center colleague Kasey Leander to continue a conversation they had recently about summer blockbuster movies, and how there’s more going on in supposedly “mindless entertainment” than we often imagine.

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Shane fields some questions on his recent conversation on rest and leisure. Producer Wayne Stender asks Shane a pair of important questions that explore a Christian worldview of the difference between resting and "vegging out" and what God intends leisure to look like.

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Shane welcomes Davenant Institute teaching fellow Dale Stenberg back to Upstream to talk about the badly misunderstood concept of leisure, and how classical and Christian thought can improve the way we relax, rest, and celebrate.

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Wayne Stender visits with Jennifer England, who has managed theatre and radio theatre before joining the Colson Center. Jennifer provides an understanding to the value of performance drama in this cultural moment. Wayne and Jennifer revisit Shane's conversation with Max McLean, founder of the Fellowship for Performing Arts, considering why performance arts can have an incredible role to play in this cultural moment for Christians. For more on the Fellowship for Performing Arts visit

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Shane sits down with award-winning actor and Fellowship for the Performing Arts president Max McLean at the 2022 Wilberforce Weekend in Orlando, Florida. They discuss the extraordinary conversion of C. S. Lewis as told in McLean’s recent movie, The Most Reluctant Convert.

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Wayne visits with Dr. Timothy Padgett abour Shane's conversation with Os Guinness. Wayne asks Dr. Tim to clarify the role of nation, how Christians should exist inside a nation, and responding the claim that Christians simply want a theocracy in America.

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"To its many and vocal modern critics, marriage is legalized slavery, anti-feminist, and a receding institution whose dying grip on society can't come soon enough." 

Upstream host Shane Morris asks sociologist Mark Regnerus to give a picture on the state of modern marriage. Regnerus paints a picture of the future, where many see marriage going the way of the dinosaurs. 

Mark Regnerus is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a senior fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, and his research and simple approach to facts in the areas of sexual behavior, family, marriage, and religion has garnered a respected and criticized reputation.

Mark is the author of over 40 published articles and book chapters, and three Oxford University Press books, with much of his work being widely reviewed, including in Slate, the Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The New Yorker, and his research and commentary has been featured in numerous media outlets.