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Marriage

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Author(s): Nehring, Andreas | Otto, Eckart | Deming, Willoughby Howard | Schäfer, Rolf | Nave-Herz, Rosemarie | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Church History – V. Sociology – VI. Systematic Theology – VII. Law – VIII. Practical Theology – IX. Judaism – X. Islam I. Religious Studies The term marriage denotes a relationship entered into between two or more persons of different sex, ritually formalized, intended to be permanent, and recognized by society. In all cultures, definitions of economic and sexual rights and the conveyance of social status to children (Child/Childhood) are part of the socially ¶ defined framework of marriage…

Divorce

(4,531 words)

Author(s): Jackson, Bernard | Landmesser, Christof | Martin George | Gruber, Hans-Günter | Martin Petzolt | Et al.
[German Version] I. Old Testament and Judaism – II. New Testament and Early Christianity – III. Church History – IV. Sociology – V. Systematic Theology and Social Ethics – VI. Law – VII. Practical Theology I. Old Testament and Judaism In the Hebrew Bible, the dissolution of a marriage is the husband's unilateral act. It was originally executed through a divorce formula, pronounced orally (Hos 2:4), but Deut 24:1, 3 knows of the practice of prepa…

Sexual Morality

(513 words)

Author(s): Gruber, Hans-Günter
[German Version] Sexual morality denotes the stock of values and norms, of human actions and behaviors, that authoritatively regulate the realm of sexuality. In its form and content, this stock of values and norms is dependent on the prevailing interpretation of the meaning of human sexuality and hence necessarily specific to a particular time and culture. In Christianity the theology of the early fathers with its consistently negative assessment of sexuality dominated the church’s teaching for centuries. The central problem was the ethical character…