Believers dating unbelievers
Besides Scripture, Keller also alludes to anecdotes in her own life serving at her church, Redeemer, a vibrant Presbyterian congregation in New York, which I've had the blessing to visit before.
She posits that all interfaith relationships end up in three situations: marginalize your faith, marginalize your partner, or be miserable together until an inevitable divorce.
She has many of options to choose from, including Genesis 24:3, Exodus , Deuteronomy 7:3, Judges 3:6, 1 Kings 11:2, to name a few.
But there are three significant issues using the Old Testament on intermarriage.
While those are atypical (read, horrifying) approaches to marriage, a marriage was not valid if the wife was not a virgin, and she'd be put to death (Deuteronomy -21).
Secondly, these verses are not only about religious, but ethnic as well.
Keller does reach into Scripture to make her point, and as a Christian myself, I'm eager to follow her logic.
She refers (without citation) to the Old Testament's restriction on marrying foreigners and non-Jews.
I wanted to take this opportunity to push back both on the assertion, and the way it's framed.
In her article, Keller leans on a handful of shaky verses to assert her straightforward opinion: I want to snap and say, "It won't work, not in the long run.