The Seven Big Myths about Marriage: What Science, Faith and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness

The Seven Big Myths about Marriage: What Science, Faith and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness

by Christopher Kaczor


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This work explores some of the most interesting and vexing problems in contemporary life. Appealing to reason rather than religious authority, the book tackles the most controversial and talked about positions of the Catholic Church - on contraception, on marriage, on reproductive technologies, on cohabitation, and on divorce - arguing for the reasonableness of the Church's views on these issues. The book's interdisciplinary approach, following the precedent of Thomas Aquinas, looks to human happiness and fulfillment, properly understood, in seeking the answers to questions about how to live. It aims to show to skeptical readers that what the Catholic Church teaches about controversial issues is rationally justified by considering evidence from psychology, sociology, and philosophy. The foundation of Kaczor's approach is happiness. We all want to be happy. Every day, in whatever we do, we seek this goal. But what exactly is happiness? And how can we find it? The saints and psychologists agree: there can be no real happiness without authentic love-erotic love, friendship love, and self-giving love (agape). From this foundation of happiness Kaczor explores the nature of marriage, and the love they promise to each other, which is agape, a self

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ISBN-13: 9781586178437
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christopher Kaczor, Ph.D., a husband and father, is a professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, and the author of The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church, The Ethics of Abortion: Women's Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice,Thomas Aquinas on the Cardinal Virtues, and Life Issues - Medical Choices.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Happiness and Identity 9

1 The First Big Myth: "Love Is Simple" 37

2 The Second Big Myth: "Marriage Is a Fifty-Fifty Contract" 57

3 The Third Big Myth: "Love Alone Makes a Marriage" 83

4 The Fourth Big Myth: "Cohabitation Is Just Like Marriage" 103

5 The Fifth Big Myth: "Premarital Sex Is No Big Deal" 129

6 The Sixth Big Myth: "Children Are Irrelevant to Marriage" 157

7 The Seventh Big Myth: "All Reproductive Choices Are Equal" 181

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