From Sacrament To Contract / Edition 1

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Overview

In From Sacrament to Contract, John Witte Jr. offers a study of five conflicting models of marriage--Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, Anglican, and Enlightenment--and their social and political impact over the last thousand years. In so doing, Witte shows how we arrived at the notion of marriage as contract.

The Family, Culture, and Religion series offers informed and responsible analyses of the state of the American family from a religious perspective and provides practical assistance for the family's revitalization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255435
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Family, Religion, and Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


John Witte Jr. is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Models of Marriage 2
From Sacrament to Contract 12
1 Marriage as Sacrament in the Roman Catholic Tradition 16
Biblical and Patristic Teachings 16
The Formation of the Sacramental Model of Marriage 22
The Canon Law of Marriage 30
The Tridentine Synthesis 36
2 Marriage as Social Estate in the Lutheran Reformation 42
The Case of Johann Apel 44
The New Evangelical Theology of Marriage 47
The Transformation of Marriage Law in Lutheran Germany 53
Continuity and Discontinuity 70
3 Marriage as Covenant in the Calvinist Tradition 74
The Case of the French Noblewoman 75
The Early Reformation of Marriage Law 78
Calvin's Later Reformation of Marriage Theology 92
Geneva's New Law of Marriage in Action 113
Preservation and Colonization 126
4 Marriage as Commonwealth in the Anglican Tradition 130
The Cases of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon 134
The Tudor Reformation of Marriage Theology 140
Legal Reformation and Legal Reversal 154
Marriage as Commonwealth in Seventeenth-Century England 165
John Milton and John Locke 179
5 Marriage as Contract in the Enlightenment Tradition 194
The Case of Stephen versus Mill 198
The Transformation of Anglo-American Marriage Law 202
Reflections 216
Notes 220
Bibliography 274
Index of Biblical References 303
Index of Subjects and Authors 305
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