of the article is to critically question whether the church is still able to guide people to make
meaningful choices with regard to marriage and sexuality when values keep shifting. This
question is especially relevant where the church still tends to uphold premodern values
(heteronormative, patriarchal, monogamous) with regard to sexuality and marriage as the only
(prescriptive) model for marriage in a postmodern world. The article consists of the following
sections: changing values versus traditional values; marriage and sexuality from biblical times
to the present; church in crisis; and eco-feminist family ethics.
This article represents a
reworked version of aspects
from the PhD dissertation
(University of Pretoria),
entitled ‘’n Transformatiewe
pastoraat vir die huwelik en
kerk in krisis’, with Prof. Dr
Yolanda Dreyer as supervisor.