Sex Marriage and Family in John Calvin s Geneva

Author: John Witte
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802848031
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You would not expect this from his dour reputation, but John Calvin transformed the Western understanding of sex, marriage, and family life. In this fascinating, even sensational, volume John Witte and Robert Kingdon treat comprehensively the new theology and law of domestic life that Calvin and his fellow reformers established in sixteenth-century Geneva. Bringing to light and life hundreds of newly discovered cases and theological texts, Witte and Kingdon trace the subtle historical forms and norms of sex, marriage, and family life that still shape us today.

Covenant Marriage in Comparative Perspective

Author: Jr. Witte, John
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802829931
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The doctrine of covenant has (re)emerged in a number of contemporary Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and Islamic circles as a common trope to map and measure the spiritual dimensions of the marital union. The doctrine of covenant has also reemerged separately in a number of American states as a convenient means of strengthening the legal rules of marital formation and dissolution. This volume brings together jurists and theologians from each of these religious traditions in an effort to integrate and elaborate this covenant theology and law of marriage, as well as its essential contractual dimensions.

The Calvin Handbook

Author: H. J. Selderhuis
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802862306
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Research on French theologian John Calvin is a growing field, currently flourishing around the world. Calvin?s quincentennial this year has lent such research even greater momentum. The Calvin Handbook is designed to support and stimulate this research. However, not only do the contributors to this volume provide excellent information for experts in the field, they also give reliable information to those who do not deal with Calvin on a scholarly level. / Based on the latest research findings, this international team of renowned scholars offers a comprehensive view of Calvin?s biography, his theology, and the history of his reception. The Calvin Handbook is a uniquely helpful resource on Calvin for readers of every interest level.

Christianity and Family Law

Author: John Witte, Jr.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108415342
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A comprehensive analysis of Christian influences on Western family law from the first century to the present day.

Negotiating State and Non State Law

Author: Michael A. Helfand
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316033422
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Non-state law is playing an increasing role in both public and private ordering. Numerous organizations have emerged alongside the nation-state, each purporting to provide their members with rules and norms to govern their conduct and organize their affairs. The nation-state increasingly finds itself sandwiched, between two broad and contrasting categories of non-state law. The first - law above the state - captures legal systems that function across the territorial borders of nation-states. The second category - law below the state - includes forms of local customary, religious, and indigenous law. As these forms of non-state law persist and proliferate alongside the nation-state, the relationship between state and non-state law becomes more complex, multifaceted, and tense. This volume addresses this relationship considering whether and to what extent state and non-state law can coexist and how each form of law seeks to influence as well as transform the other.

The Western Case for Monogamy over Polygamy

Author: John Witte, Jr
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316300900
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For more than 2,500 years, the Western tradition has embraced monogamous marriage as an essential institution for the flourishing of men and women, parents and children, society and the state. At the same time, polygamy has been considered a serious crime that harms wives and children, correlates with sundry other crimes and abuses, and threatens good citizenship and political stability. The West has thus long punished all manner of plural marriages and denounced the polygamous teachings of selected Jews, Muslims, Anabaptists, Mormons, and others. John Witte, Jr carefully documents the Western case for monogamy over polygamy from antiquity until today. He analyzes the historical claims that polygamy is biblical, natural, and useful alongside modern claims that anti-polygamy laws violate personal and religious freedom. While giving the pro and con arguments a full hearing, Witte concludes that the Western historical case against polygamy remains compelling and urges Western nations to hold the line on monogamy.

Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the Time of Calvin 1542 1544

Author: Robert McCune Kingdon
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802846181
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This collection of primary source documents portrays many aspects of what life was like during the transitional period of the Protestant Reformation in Geneva, a city in which ecclesiastical authority affected most people. The Consistory heard cases against drunkards, blasphemers, magicians, gambler

When Church Became Theatre

Author: Jeanne Halgren Kilde
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195179729
Format: PDF
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In the 1880s, socio-economic and technological changes in the United States contributed to the rejection of Christian architectural traditions and the development of the radically new auditorium church. Jeanne Kilde links this shift in evangelical Protestant architecture to changes in worship style and religious mission.