After claiming for decades divorce was only biblically permissible in cases of infidelity or desertion, top American theologian Wayne Grudem has conceded abuse is also, in fact, acceptable grounds to dissolve a marriage.
In an interview published Tuesday, Grudem told Christianity Today some new theological research has revealed to him the Bible isn’t as hard-lined on divorce as he spent years claiming it to be. the Bible teacher’s shift lines up well with the cultural awakening surrounding issues of sexual abuse and assault.
It’s worth noting, however, Grudem’s comments to the faith-based outlet are in contrast to his position published as recently as 2018, in his textbook, “Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning.”
Grudem’s opinion change seems to be due, at least partially, to the experiences of abuse he and his wife, Margaret, have heard about.