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Divorce and Remarriage: Four Christian Views

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Divorce. No one likes it, but it doesn't go away. Even among Christians, the divorce rate continues to climb. How should Christians approach this issue? May Christians ever legitimately divorce? If they divorce legitimately, may they remarry?

Not everyone who appeals to Scripture agrees on how we should understand what it says about divorce and remarriage. In this book, four authors present their distinct perspectives. Carl Laney argues that the Bible indicates that marriages ...

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Overview

Divorce. No one likes it, but it doesn't go away. Even among Christians, the divorce rate continues to climb. How should Christians approach this issue? May Christians ever legitimately divorce? If they divorce legitimately, may they remarry?

Not everyone who appeals to Scripture agrees on how we should understand what it says about divorce and remarriage. In this book, four authors present their distinct perspectives. Carl Laney argues that the Bible indicates that marriages are always intended to be permanent, that there is never a need for divorce and that remarriage is never permissible after divorce. William Heth contends that while there are legitimate biblical grounds for divorce, there are no legitimate grounds for remarriage after divorce. Thomas Edgar defends the position that Scripture allows for divorce and remarriage in cases of adultry or desertion. Larry Richards holds that Scripture, while decrying divorce and the pain it causes, points to a God of grace who will not condemn those who divorce and remarry.

Such a sensitive debate cannot remain abstract, so a case study accompanies each position, followed by critical responses from each essayist. The result is a thoughtful, helpful resource for all who wish to think biblically about a crucial issue confronting the church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830812837
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/1990
  • Series: Spectrum Multiview Book Series
  • Pages: 269
  • Sales rank: 844,816
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Wayne House is Distinguished Research Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.

J. Carl Laney is professor of biblical literature and coordinator for Israel study programs at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of a number of books, including The Divorce Myth, Tyndale Concise
Bible Commentary (with Robert B. Hughes) and Answers to
Tough Questions from Every Book of the Bible.

William A. Heth is a professor in the Department of Biblical Studies,
Christian Education and Philosophy at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
He is also coauthor with Gordon Wenham of Jesus and Divorce.

Thomas R. Edgar is Distinguised Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland. He is also the author of Miraculous Gifts: Are They for Today?

Larry Richards taught at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, for several years and authored textbooks in Christian education that are widely used.
Now a full-time writer, he has written over one hundred books, including
Expository Dictionary of Bible Word, The Teacher's
Commentary and the Revell Essential Bible Dictionary.
Richards has also written many devotional books for young people and adults, and authored the notes for the bestselling Adventure
Bible.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
H. Wayne House
1. No Divorce & No Remarriage
J. Carl Laney
Reponses
William A. Heth
Thomas R. Edgar
Larry Richards
2. Divorce, but No Remarriage
William A. Heth
Reponses
J. Carl Laney
Thomas R. Edgar
Larry Richards
3. Divorce & Remarriage for Adultry or Desertion
Thomas R. Edgar
Reponses
J. Carl Laney
William A. Heth
Larry Richards
4. Divorce & Remarriage under a Variety of Circumstances
Larry Richards
Reponses
J. Carl Laney
William A. Heth
Thomas R. Edgar
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