Perspectives on Marriage

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This collection is a major revision of the first edition of this work (including twenty new articles) intended for use in theology and spirituality of marriage courses. It is comprehensive and flexibly designed to accomodate a variety of approaches to teaching about marriage and the marital relationship, from the strictly historical and canonical, to sociological, psychological, and even ministerial perspectives. Striking a balance between solid theological material and stimulating readings on issues of intense current interest, the essays explore marriage in its historical context, the meanings of transitions of marriage, attitudes toward sexuality, communication and conflict, overcoming stereotypes, divorce and annulment, the spiritualtiy of marriage, and interreligious perspectives on marriage. The editors' introductions and questions for discussion enhance the accessibility of the text.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195134397
  • 9780195134391

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INTRODUCTION; I. MARRIAGE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES; 1. Marriage in the Bible; 2. The Primitive Christian Understanding of Marriage; 3. Marriage in the Western Churches; II. CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE THEOLOGY OF MARRIAGE; 4. Christian Marriage: Basic Sacrament; 5. Models of Marriage: A New Theological Interpretations; III. MARRIAGE: MEANINGS AND TRANSITIONS; 6. Marriage Versus Living Together; 7. A Case for Gay Marriage; 8. The Meaning of Marriage; 9. Marriage Becomes a Journey; IV. ATTITUDES TOWARD SEXUALITY; 10. Passionate Attachments in the West in Historical Perspective; 11. A Revolution's Broken Promises; 12. Four Mischievous Theories of Sex; 13. The Neglected Heat: The Emotional Dangers of Premature Sexual Involvement; 14. Beyond Romance to Human Love; 15. Where Are We?: Seven Sinful Problems and Seven Virtuous Possiblities; 16. The Argument for Unlimited Procreative Liberty: A Feminist Critque; 17. The Transmission of Life; V. COMMUNICATION, CONFLICT, AND CHANGE; 18. "Put Down that Paper and Talk to Me!": Rapport-Talk and Report-Talk; 19. Communication and Conflict; 20. Communication; 21. Anger Defused; 22. Domestic Violence: The Long, Sad Silence; 23. The Battered Woman: Myths and Reality; VI. GETTING BEYOND STEREOTYPES; 24. Western Religion and the Patriarchal Family; 25. Men Who Make Woman Want to Scream; 26. The Integration of Masculine Spirituality; VII. DIVORCE/ANNULMENT; 27. The Meaning of Committment; 28. What God Has Joined Together..; 29. Changes in the Ethos of Marriage, Faithfulness, and Divorce; 30. Children After Divorce: Wounds That Don't Heal; 31. Annulment: The Process and Its Meaning; 32. Remarried Catholics: Searching for Church Belonging; VIII. SPIRITUALITY OF MARRIAGE; 33. A Spirituality of Resistance for Marriage; 34. Spirituality and Lifestyle; IX. INTERRELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES ON MARRIAGE; 35. Marriage in the Jewish Tradition; 36. The Protestant View of Marriage; 37. Marriage in Islamshow more

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