A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family

A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family

by Julie Hanlon Rubio
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0809141183

ISBN-13: 9780809141180

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Paulist Press

What are Christian families called to be and do in contemporary society? Weaving together theology, social science, and her experience as a wife and mother, Julie Hanlon Rubio answers this provocative and timely question. She explores the marriage liturgy, the New Testament and Christian tradition and then reflects on the ways Christian husbands and wives, fathers and

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What are Christian families called to be and do in contemporary society? Weaving together theology, social science, and her experience as a wife and mother, Julie Hanlon Rubio answers this provocative and timely question. She explores the marriage liturgy, the New Testament and Christian tradition and then reflects on the ways Christian husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and children can live out their vocations in changing times. She concludes with chapters on divorce and the mission of the family. Relevant, academically oriented yet popularly written, and filling a need by its attention to family issues, this book will make an ideal text for courses in:

  • marriage.
  • family ethics.
  • social justice.
  • Christian ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809141180
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
241
Sales rank:
731,114
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Part 1Foundations
1.Family or Families? The Problems of Parenting in a Postmodern Age3
What Is a Family?3
Feminist Questioning of the Family10
Christian Theology: Family or Families?13
Listening to Families; Talking about "the Family"23
Discussion Questions24
2.The Catholic Marriage Liturgy: A Different Vision of Marriage25
Reading the Popular Wedding26
Limitations of the Popular Wedding29
A Brief History of the Christian Wedding31
Reading the New Catholic Guidelines for Weddings33
Theology behind the New Marriage Liturgy37
Discussion Questions43
3.New Testament Vision45
What Will We Read?45
Reading the New Testament46
Jesus as Model: Leaving Family Behind48
Jesus' Message: Questioning the Primacy of Family Ties49
Early Christian Practice: A New Kind of Family54
Why Celibacy?60
Return to Family?62
Discussion Questions64
4.Traditional Ways of Speaking about Marriage65
Domus65
The Legacy of the First Christians66
From Contract to Sacrament73
Protestant Models: Social Estate and Covenant75
Marriage as Relationship78
Marriage as Communion84
Discussion Questions85
Part 2Applications
5.The Dual Vocation of Christian Parents89
Lame Parents89
Sacrificing for Children92
Sacrificing for the World96
Dual Vocation98
Work99
Family105
Dual Vocation with Caution108
Discussion Questions110
6.Mothering in Christian Families111
Waiting in the Park111
Mothering in the Thought of John Paul II112
Theologians and Motherhood117
Reading the Pope into Dialogue with Theologians123
The Search for a Mother-God124
Can a Mother Have a Self?127
Discussion Questions128
7.Fathering in Christian Families129
Dominic's Doll129
A Brief History of Fatherhood130
What Modern Fathers Do132
What Can Fathers Do?134
Effects of Fathers' Involvement on Children136
God the Father Reconsidered138
Bringing God the Father Home143
Discussion Questions145
8.Welcoming the Children146
Stephen's Theological Dilemmas146
What Do Children Need?147
The Child as Model of Discipleship151
Caring for Children: Godparents and Other-Mothers154
Children as Disciples157
Discussion Questions163
9.Divorce and Remarriage in Christian Families165
Tensions in an Age of Divorce165
What Did Jesus Say and How Much Does It Matter?166
Catholic Teaching on Divorce and Its Critics170
Effects of Divorce on Children172
Pastoral Issues: Remarriage and Communion177
Obligations during and after Divorce178
Domestic Church Reconsidered180
Discussion Questions182
10.What Is Family For?183
Justice and Passion183
Catholic Social Teaching and the Family186
Work188
Time191
Money193
The Family Meal196
Discussion Questions199
Notes201
Bibliography225
Index237

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