Perspectives on Marriage: A Reader

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The first anthology ever published for use in the theology of marriage course taught at virtually every Roman Catholic college and university, this comprehensive, classroom-tested text is flexibly designed to accommodate a variety of approaches to teaching about marriage and the marital relationship, from the strictly historical and canonical, to sociogical, psychological, and even ministerial perspectives. Striking a balance between solid theological material and stimulating readings on issues of intense ...
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The first anthology ever published for use in the theology of marriage course taught at virtually every Roman Catholic college and university, this comprehensive, classroom-tested text is flexibly designed to accommodate a variety of approaches to teaching about marriage and the marital relationship, from the strictly historical and canonical, to sociogical, psychological, and even ministerial perspectives. Striking a balance between solid theological material and stimulating readings on issues of intense current interest, the essays explore historic views of marriage in the Jewish and Christian traditions, contemporary theological views of marriage as a sacrament, marriage within the context of family life and the church, modern attitudes toward commitment, fidelity, sexuality, and romantic love, the role and value of communication and conflict in marriage, transcending stereotypes, divorce and annulment, and inter-religious perspectives on marriage. The editors' introductions and questions for discussion accompanying each chapter and individual reading enhance the accessibility of the text, and an appendix reprints ecclesiastical documents on marriage commonly used in Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States to guide couples preparing for marriage or filing for an annulment.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195078046
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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St. Bonaventure University

St. John's University

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I Marriage in Historical Perspective
1 Marriage in the Bible 9
2 The Primitive Christian Understanding of Marriage 24
3 Marriage 30
II Contemporary Perspectives on the Theology of Marriage, Commitment, and Fidelity
4 Christian Marriage: Basic Sacrament 71
5 Marriage as Worship: A Theological Analogy 82
6 Varied Meanings of Marriage and Fidelity 99
7 The Meaning of Commitment 110
III Marriage: Change, Character, and Context
8 Marriage Versus Living Together 125
9 A Case for Gay Marriage 130
10 The Passage into Marriage 136
11 The Family as a School for Character 146
12 The Church as the Context for the Family 158
IV Attitudes Toward Sexuality
13 Passionate Attachments in the West in Historical Perspective 171
14 A Revolution's Broken Promises 180
15 Four Mischievous Theories of Sex 188
16 Sexuality and Intimacy in Marriage 198
17 Can We Get Real About Sex? 207
V Communication, Conflict, and Change
18 How People Change 217
19 Anger Defused 222
20 What Does It Mean to Be Assertive? 232
21 Two Views of Marriage Explored: His and Hers 244
22 Marriage Research Reveals Ingredients of Happiness 249
23 Want a Happy Marriage? Learn to Fight a Good Fight 254
24 On Hostile Ground 259
25 Communication and Conflict 266
26 Communication 274
VI Getting Beyond Stereotypes
27 Home and Work: Women's Roles and the Transformation of Values 285
28 The Good-Provider Role: Its Rise and Fall 297
29 Men Who Make Women Want to Scream 316
30 The New Man and Male Identity 324
VII Divorce/Annulment
31 Children After Divorce: Wounds That Don't Heal 337
32 Remarried Catholics - Searching for Church Belonging 347
33 What God Has Joined Together... 353
34 Canonical and Theological Perspectives on Divorce and Remarriage 361
VIII Interreligious Perspectives on Marriage
35 Marriage in the Jewish Tradition 379
36 Marriage in Islam 397
37 Marriage in the Hindu Religious Tradition 411
IX Appendix: Church Documents
A. Marriage Preparation Policy, 1988 427
B. Catholic-Jewish Relationship Guidelines 430
C. Procedures for Annulments 436
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