The Christian marriage finds itself in a crisis. Churches worldwide
are struggling to find answers to address the problem in their communities.
The book of Adrian Thatcher “Marriage after modernity,
Christian marriage in postmodern times”, is a resent publication
which endeavours to formulate guidelines for marriage in
postmodern society. This article is an attempt to give an overview
of, as well as a critical reflection on the Biblical models as identified
in his research. Although Thatcher’s “models” are of utmost
importance in the recent debate, it is necessary to select certain
perspectives within his models that are still applicable in
postmodern times. This first article describes and evaluates his
models, whilst the second article focuses on the relevancy thereof
in postmodern times.