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
Format: PDF
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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
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Adultery and Divorce in Calvin s Geneva

Author: Robert McCune Kingdon
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674005211
Format: PDF
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In Calvin's Geneva, the changes associated with the Reformation were particularly abrupt and far-reaching, in large part owing to John Calvin himself. Adultery and Divorce in Calvin's Geneva makes two major contributions to our understanding of this time. The first is to the history of divorce. The second is in illustrating the operations of the Consistory of Geneva--an institution designed to control in all its variety the behavior of the entire population--which was established at Calvin's insistence in 1541. This mandate came shortly after the city officially adopted Protestantism in 1536, a time when divorce became legally possible for the first time in centuries. Robert Kingdon illustrates the changes that accompanied the earliest Calvinist divorces by examining in depth a few of the most dramatic cases and showing how divorce affected real individuals. He considers first, and in the most detail, divorce for adultery, the best-known grounds for divorce and the best documented. He also covers the only other generally accepted grounds for these early divorces--desertion. The second contribution of the book, to show the work of the Consistory of Geneva, is a first step toward a fuller study of the institution. Kingdon has supervised the first accurate and complete transcription of the twenty-one volumes of registers of the Consistory and has made the first extended use of these materials, as well as other documents that have never before been so fully utilized.

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.

Law and Protestantism

Author: John Witte
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521012997
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This book investigates the relationship between the law and religious ideology in Luther's Germany.

The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy

Author: John Witte, Jr
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 110710159X
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

Sex Marriage and Family in World Religions

Author: Don S. Browning
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231131178
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"Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. Chosen and introduced by leading scholars of each religion, the volume's selections include a wide array of traditional texts. The book also contains contemporary writings, responding to the changing mores and conditions of modern life." "Sex, Marriage and Family in World Religions reveals the similarities and differences among the various religions and the development of ideas and teachings within each tradition. It sheds light on each religion's views on a wide variety of subjects, including sexuality and sexual pleasure, the meaning and purpose of marriage, the role of betrothal, the status of women, the place of romance, grounds for divorce, celibacy, and sexual deviance."--BOOK JACKET.