Endnotes: Introduction to Part 2

  1. U.S. Census Bureau, “American Community Survey: 2003 Data Profile” (link via Internet Archive Wayback Machine). According to this survey, 46 percent of American adults were unmarried or separated in 2003. But since “[t]he 2003 American Community Survey universe is limited to the household population and excludes the population living in institutions, college dormitories, and other group quarters” the actual percentage of single adults is even higher. Carolyn A. Koons and Michael J. Anthony place this data in historical context by reporting that the single adult population in 1900 (and again immediately following World War II) was less than 5 percent! Single Adult Passages: Uncharted Territories (Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Book House, 1991), 48-51.
  2. Albert Y. Hsu, Singles at the Crossroads: A Fresh Perspective on Christian Singleness (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997), 10. This is a superior guidebook to life as a single adult.
  3. Celibacy is the state of being unmarried. The term celibate is often used as a synonym for single. The meaning of the word actually includes the added dimension of a commitment to moral purity expressed in abstinence from sexual intercourse.
  4. Ruth Tucker, Women in the Maze (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992), 239, cited in Hsu, Singles at the Crossroads, 46.
  5. This biblical fact was strikingly affirmed by John R.W. Stott, a lifelong celibate. In an interview, he was asked, “What is your view of singleness?” His reply: “I wonder if you would allow me to postpone my answer to this question. The reason is that I think we need to discuss marriage before we discuss singleness…God’s general will for his human creation is marriage. We single people must not resist this truth. Marriage is the norm, singleness is the abnorm.” Hsu, Singles at the Crossroads, 176-177.