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New Studies in Christian Ethics : Living Together and Christian Ethics Series Number 21 - Professor Adrian Thatcher

New Studies in Christian Ethics

Living Together and Christian Ethics Series Number 21


Published: 23rd May 2002
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Living Together and Christian Ethics is the first positive, in-depth study of cohabitation outside marriage from a mainstream Christian theological perspective. The book retrieves the traditions of betrothal from the Bible and church history, and shows how these can transform Christian attitudes to living together before marriage. A crucial distinction is made between prenuptial cohabitation where marriage is intended, and nonnuptial cohabitation where it is avoided. Since betrothal was widely understood as a real beginning of marriage, the book argues for a complete pastoral, theological and liturgical renewal that reclaims the riches of forgotten Christian marital traditions and redeploys them in conveying the good news of the faith to women and men who are not yet married. The book takes issue with theologians who marginalize marriage, and suggests that the recognition of marital values can act as a helpful bridge between Christian teaching and people who are not formally married.

'The significance of the subject matter of this book is beyond doubt. ... this is a very important response to the developing marriage crisis.' Stephen Platten 'This is a wonderful book and it should be required reading for every priest and minister ...'. Michael Northcott, The Expository Times 'This latest book on cohabitation appears in the Cambridge series New Studies in Christian Ethics, and is marked by all the engaging energy and liveliness of [Thatcher's] previous work.' Church Times 'One will certainly encourage one's students to read this hypnotically well-written addition to theological aesthetics ...'. Scottish Journal of Theology '... a well-argued and thought-provoking book ...'. Studies in Christian Ethics

Living Together as a Theological Problem
A guide to living together
Living together: a preliminary theological analysis
Testing the betrothal solution
An Exercise in Retrieval - Bringing Back Betrothal
The bible and betrothal
Evidence from liturgy and law
Whatever happened to betrothal?
Extending the Marital Norm
Betrothal, consent and consummation
The sacramental beginning of marriage
Extending the marital norm
Appendix: A rite of betrothal before marriage
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ISBN: 9780521009553
ISBN-10: 0521009553
Series: New Studies in Christian Ethics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 23rd May 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.38