From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage, Religion, and Law in the Western Tradition

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Religion - 315 pages

In From Sacrament to Contract, John Witte Jr. offers a study of five conflicting models of marriage--Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, Anglican, and Enlightenment--and their social and political impact over the last thousand years. In so doing, Witte shows how we arrived at the notion of marriage as contract.

The Family, Culture, and Religion series offers informed and responsible analyses of the state of the American family from a religious perspective and provides practical assistance for the family's revitalization.

 

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Contents

Marriage as Sacrament in the Roman Catholic Tradition
16
Marriage as Social Estate in the Lutheran Reformation
42
Marriage as Covenant in the Calvinist Tradition
74
Marriage as Commonwealth in the Anglican Tradition 1 30
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About the author (1997)

John Witte Jr. is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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