Persuasion 184 | Home Bodies, with Wesley Hill

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You can’t think about home without thinking about the people in it. Our most formative and important relationships are rooted here, an inextricable part of what we conceive of when we think about home. In our modern society, home is most often associated with the nuclear family: parents and children. This modern conception isn’t the only framework available to us, however, nor does it provide home for all people.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their new series titled Go Home! Finding Our Way. Each episode of the series explores the common assumptions regarding the home, both in the church and in society. This conversation centers on the people we make our homes with—the home bodies we are closest to. Although the nuclear family has been the most common familial structure for the home in recent history, this hasn’t always been the norm—nor is the only structure seen around the globe. However, it has become the form championed most by the church. The family unit is, of course, powerful and needful for flourishing… but what happens when that framework excludes many people who are not part of a nuclear unit? Is there a way of forming family that makes a home for all? To help us sort out such questions, professor and author Wesley Hill joins the conversation. Wes has spent much time thinking and writing about home and family. And since he is committed to lifelong celibacy, family—as we tend to conceive of it—isn’t available to him. If the family home structure is where human flourishing is rooted, we must find ways for every one of us to experience it. Conversation touches on questions like these, exploring common presumptions and fallacies in an attempt to find our way home. Listen to the latest episode in the Go Home! series, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

Your Hosts

Erin Straza: Web / Twitter
Hannah Anderson: Web / Twitter

Episode 184 Resources & Links

Wesley Hill: Twitter @wesleyhill

The Case for Buying a House with Friends, Atlantic

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