Perspectives on Marriage: A Reader / Edition 3

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Thoroughly revised and updated in this third edition, Perspectives on Marriage is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary anthology ideal for courses in the theology and spirituality of marriage. This edition features thirteen new articles and incorporates the best of contemporary perspectives on marriage and sexuality. The selections represent a wide range of approaches, from the historical and canonical to the sociological, psychological, and ministerial. Striking a balance between solid theological material and stimulating readings on today's issues, the volume explores marriage in its historical context; current views on the theology of marriage; the meanings and transitions of marriage; attitudes toward sexuality; communication, conflict, and change; commitment, divorce, and annulment; the spirituality of marriage; and various religious perspectives on marriage. The third edition includes a new section on issues that affect marriage—such as the commercialization of marriage and the financial stresses accompanying marriage—as well as new selections on such topics as same-sex marriage, cohabitation, the theology of dating, and counseling. Each essay is enhanced by a detailed editors' introduction and by helpful discussion questions. Rich, provocative, and challenging, Perspectives on Marriage, Third Edition, is the most extensive and up-to-date reader of its kind.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the previous edition:

"One of the finest resources on the market. The editors have selected nine of the most important areas of discussion for this topic, and the authors are the best in the field."—Dawn M. Nothwehr, Catholic Theological Union

"Excellent source for undergraduate students and other readers interested in marriage issues; readable and straightforward."—Ines A. Murzaku, Seton Hall University

"An excellent collection of essays on the history, meaning, and theology of marriage. It should be required for seminars in theology of marriage and courses in pre-marital/marital counseling."—Neil D. Anderson, Asbury College

"Excellent source for undergraduate students and other readers interested in marriage issues; readable and straightforward."—Ines A. Murzaku, Seton Hall University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195313468
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/20/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 253,276
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

* New to this edition
Part One: Marriage in Historical Perspective
1. Marriage in the Bible, Michael G. Lawler
2. The Primitive Christian Understanding of Marriage, Theodore Mackin, S.J.
3. Marriage: A Historical Survey, Joseph Martos
Part Two: Contemporary Perspectives on the Theology of Marriage
4. Christian Marriage: Basic Sacrament, Bernard Cooke
* 5. "Nuptial Pentecost": Theological Reflections on the Presence and Action of the Holy Spirit in Christian Marriage, Julie McCarty
Part Three: Marriage: Meanings and Transitions
6. Marriage versus Living Together, Jo McGowan
7. Marriage Preparation and Cohabiting Couples: Information Report, NCCB Marriage and Family Committee
* 8. Cohabitation and Marriage as a Life-Process, Kieran Scott
9. The Meaning of Marriage, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
* 10. The Meaning of Marriage: Of Two Minds, Edward C. Vacek
* 11. Same-Sex Marriage: Threat or Aspiration?, Stephen J. Pope
* 12. Marriage Becomes a Journey, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
Part Four: Attitudes toward Sexuality
* 13. Sex Matters: The Riches of the Catholic Sexual Tradition, Sidney Callahan
14. A Revolution's Broken Promises, Peter Marin
15. Passionate Attachments in the West in Historical Perspective, Lawrence Stone
16. Four Mischievous Theories of Sex: Demonic, Divine, Casual, and Nuisance, William F. May
17. The Neglected Heart: The Emotional Dangers of Premature Sexual Involvement, Thomas Lickona
* 18. Sex, Time, and Meaning: A Theology of Dating, Jason King and Donna Freitas
19. Beyond Romance to Human Love, Robert A. Johnson
20. The Transmission of Life, Pope John Paul II
Part Five: Communication, Conflict, and Change
* 21. How People Change, Allen Wheelis
22. "Put Down That Paper and Talk to Me!": Rapport-Talk and Report-Talk, Deborah Tannen
23. Communication and Conflict, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
24. Communication, Thomas N. Hart and Kathleen Fischer Hart
25. The Battered Woman: Myths and Reality, Lenore E. Walker
26. Men Who Make Women Want to Scream, Connell Cowan and Melvin Kinder
* 27. Going to the Therapist En Route to the Altar, Zoë Wolff
* Part Six: Issues Impacting Marriage
* 28. Watching New Love as it Sears the Brain, Benedict Carey
* 29. You're Getting Married: The Wal-Martization of the Bridal Business, Rebecca Mead
* 30. Money, Marriage, and Making a Future: The Letter to Emily, Michael Warren
Part Seven: Commitment, Divorce, and Annulment
31. What God Has Joined Together. . ., Bernard Cooke
32. The Meaning of Commitment, Margaret Farley
33. Annulment: The Process and Its Meaning, Patrick R. Lagges
34. Remarried Catholics: Searching for Church Belonging, James J. Young
* 35. Divorce and Remarriage in the Catholic Church: Ten Theses, Michael G. Lawler
36. Children after Divorce: Wounds That Don't Heal, Judith S. Wallerstein
Part Eight: Spirituality of Marriage
37. Spirituality and Lifestyle, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
* 38. Faithful Becoming: Forming Families in the Art of Paradoxical Living in a Fragmented and Pluralistic World, Herbert Anderson
Part Nine: Religious Traditions: Perspectives on Marriage
39. Marriage in the Jewish Tradition, Blu Greenberg
40. The Protestant View of Marriage, Wilson Yates
41. Marriage in Islam, Lois Lamya Ibsen al Faruqi

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