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By Adrian Thatcher / T&T Clark / 2001
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In recent years, the topic of Christian marriage has been a headline issue for the Christian Church. Every major branch of the Christian Tradition has found itself readdressing this central tenet of Christian theology in order to best define itself in the new millennium. However, the issues involved in developing a thoughtful theology of Christian marriage are many and complicated to be sure: staggering divorce rates, increases in pregnancy outside of marriage, extramarital cohabitation, and the list continues. Certainly, there is no better issue than Christian marriage to unite the wider Christian Tradition in an honest dialogue.
The aim of Celebrating Christian Marriage is to do just that. With essays from over twenty-five experts and theologians from many different countries and denominational affiliations, this title is more than a collection of essays, it is truly a source-book for a Christian theology of marriage.This collection of expert research, analysis and discussion may be the most significant ever assembled on this subject.
This title includes contributions from different continents and cultures; from Roman Catholic, Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox traditions; from theologians and many other professionals—including historians, social theorists, sex therapists, lawyers, psychiatrists and demographers—all in conversation with the idea of Christian marriage. With the Logos edition of Celebrating Christian Marriage, you have easy access to your entire digital library from within each of these articles. Simply scroll over Scripture references to see the entire biblical text cited, or click on key words to search through your entire library.
This volume offers practical material for priests and ministers who are working in parishes and for marriage counselling centres. The book is divided into eight different sections, which are easy to peruse. It has in depth exegetical and theological interpretations of marriage from the Catholic and Anglican vista.
—Sr. Anneliese Schapers, O.P., Pastoral Counsellor in the Archdiocese of Durban, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa
Adrian Thatcher has been a Professional Research Fellow in Applied Theology at the University of Exeter since 2004. For 27 years (1977-2004) he taught Theology and Philosophy at University College Plymouth, St Mark & St John. In 1995 he was the first member of academic staff at the college to achieve the title of full Professor. His main theological research interests at present are marriage, cohabitation, sexuality, families, and the uses and abuses of the Bible in the churches.