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Marriage and Divorce
(7,760 words)

1. Dogmatics and Ethics

1.1. Historical Data

Historical research has never been able to establish the original form of marriage—monogamy or polygamy (polygyny or polyandry)—or whether one form developed into the other. Yet it is striking that in so-called primitive cultures, as well as more civilized ones, we always find a religious or cultural understanding of marriage and weddings. Behind or “abov…

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Ritschl, Dietrich, Burgsmüller, Alfred, Stevenson, Kenneth W. and Wall, John, “Marriage and Divorce”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M122>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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