Marriage and Family

A Christian Theological Foundation

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“Dr. Natalie Weaver’’s Marriage and Family establishes a solid theological foundation that surely will inspire and challenge students and married couples to think deeply about the meaning of marriage as a holy union and a sacrament. She develops the virtues essential to marriage and family—love, justice, and forgiveness—which mutually enrich the spouses, their children, the church, and society.  .  .  .  She first gives the reader tools to interpret Scripture, history, ethics, and personal experience, then offers a discerning application. Not deterred by the pitfalls of marriage (physical and sexual abuse and high divorce rates), Dr. Weaver emphasizes marriage’’s prophetic stance against society’s evils and strongly affirms its creative possibilities.”

Thomas L. Schubeck, SJ
John Carroll University
University Heights, OH

“The introductory nature of this book would be espeically useful where its combination of foundational theology and theology of marriage could be the course focus. It is a foil for doing fundamental theology with strong material on marriage.”

Daniel J. Finucane
Saint Louis University

About This Book

Overview

Appropriate as a Primary Text in Courses on the Theology of Family and Marriage, and Similar Ethics Courses.

Marriage and Family: A Christian Theological Foundation builds a foundational knowledge of theology while simultaneously developing major themes around the topics of marriage and family. The author speaks from the perspective of the sacramental theology of marriage but is always respectful of other faith traditions and the religiously diverse classroom. The book introduces, develops, and reinforces basic categories for thinking about the contemporary reality of marriage and family as grounded in the scriptural, historical, theological, ecclesial, and spiritual traditions of Christianity. Sensitive issues such as human sexuality and divorce are treated with a contextually grounded and moderate point of view. A meaningful correlation is made between the classical sources of Christianity and the lived experience of marriage. Included are discussion questions and a review guide at the end of each chapter.

Details

Weight 0.7 lbs
Dimensions 7.25 x 1.5 x 9.125 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-0-88489-977-8

Pages

164

Item # 7024

Customer Reviews

“Dr. Natalie Weaver’’s Marriage and Family establishes a solid theological foundation that surely will inspire and challenge students and married couples to think deeply about the meaning of marriage as a holy union and a sacrament. She develops the virtues essential to marriage and family—love, justice, and forgiveness—which mutually enrich the spouses, their children, the church, and society. In order to discover deeper dimensions of marriage and family, she first gives the reader tools to interpret Scripture, history, ethics, and personal experience, then offers a discerning application. Not deterred by the pitfalls of marriage (physical and sexual abuse and high divorce rates), Dr. Weaver emphasizes marriage’’s prophetic stance against society’s evils and strongly affirms its creative possibilities.”

Thomas L. Schubeck, SJ
John Carroll University
University Heights, OH

“The introductory nature of this book would be espeically useful where its combination of foundational theology and theology of marriage could be the course focus. It is a foil for doing fundamental theology with strong material on marriage.”

Daniel J. Finucane
Saint Louis University

About the Author

Natalie Kertes Weaver

Natalie Kertes Weaver is the associate dean of Graduate Studies and a professor of religious studies and ministry at Ursuline College.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Theology of Marriage and Family—What Is It and How Do We Do It?
  2. Marriage as Covenant
  3. Jesus’ Love and Marital Charity
  4. Historical Development and Marriage
  5. Marriage as Sacrament
  6. Modern Marriage and How We Got Here
  7. Dignity and Human Sexuality within Marriage
  8. Conversion, Character, Commitment
  9. Justice and Marriage
  10. Domestic Church
  11. Divorce and Forgiveness
  12. Marriage and the Future

 

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