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Deirdre Good says that reflecting on Jesus' family values can help Christians understand a changing world where being single will be normal for longer periods of time and where more single women are heads of households.
Many commentators, both religious and secular, assume that a narrow definition of family is readily mandated by the biblical texts. They're wrong.
New Testament scholar Deirdre Good explains why simplistic appeals to scripture distort its meaning, and why for the Gospel family is built on magnanimity not exclusion