Polygamy Reconsidered: African Plural Marriage
and the Christian Churches
Change for the Good
African Plural Marriage
African Plural Marriage and the Christian Churches
By Eugene Hillman, C.S.SP.
An Extended Review By Samuel Chapman
Published 1975 by Orbis, Maryknoll, New York. ISBN 0 88344 3910
Polygamy Reconsidered: African Plural Marriage and the Christian Churches
This book is written by a Catholic priest, theologian and missionary who has obviously struggled with the differences between his church's official position on polygamy and what the Bible says about it. This struggle was particularly important to him as he saw that the insistance on monogamy was hampering his effectiveness in countries where polygamy was popular. The really interesting thing about this book is watching someone squirm as they try to defend something the Bible allowed, but the apostate Church banned, whilst at the same time he tries to remain faithful to that apostate Church and its effective claims to supremacy over the Bible.
- The historical missionary and pastoral problem of African Polygamy
Chapter 2 - Cultural Presumptions of the West
Chapter 3 - Demography
Chapter 4 - Anthropology
Chapter 5 - Biblical texts
Chapter 6 - Theological Rationale
Appendix - On the Council of Trent
Toward an African Christianity: Inculturation Applied
This is a provocative and highly original approach to Catholic Christianity in Africa. The author (liberal studies, Salve Regina Univ.) contends that European colonialism has imposed such a fundamentally foreign style of religion on Africans that it denigrates and destroys the converts' connection with African culture. For Christianity to become at home in Africa completely, argues Hillman, it must take on African rites and attitudes. The author gives a fascinating look at the traditional African (Maasai) religious practices. He then goes on to suggest a radical transformation and acculturation of Christianity that might include ritual animal sacrifice and polygamy. He admits, however, that some of the strongest objections to this kind of change would come from black African Christians themselves. A well-written book that is sure to produce heated discussion. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
Plural Marriage for Our Times: A Reinvented Option? [Paperback]
Philip L. Kilbride (Author)
Book Description: Publication Date: October 21, 1994
Polygyny, or one man having several wives, is the preferred marriage pattern in most parts of the nonwestern world, although most men cannot afford more than one wife. Polyandry, in which one woman has more than one husband, is quite rare in its classic form. Various types of plural marriage such as these are surfacing in western countries as viable alternatives and positive options to economic and spiritual crisis. Kilbride explores these new varieties of family as he finds them in the United States among Mormons, African Americans, and New Age spiritual communes. His comparisons with European and African practices shed light on the renewed possibility of security and caregiving for our dependent generation who are at risk and who are suffering from fractured family relationships around the globe.
Plural Marriage for Our Times: A Reinvented Option?
Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis [Paperback]
Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen (Author)
Book Description: Release date: August 5, 2008
Forms of plural marriage, or polygamy, are practiced within most of the world's cultures and religions. The amazing variation, versatility and adaptability of polygamy underscore that it is not just an exotic non-Western practice, but also exists in modern Western societies.
Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis provides an examination and analysis of historical and contemporary polygamy. It outlines polygamy's place in anthropological theory and its rich socio-cultural diversity in countries ranging from the US and UK to Malaysia, India, regions of Africa and Tibet.The book also addresses often difficult and controversial issues facing modern polygamists such as prejudice, HIV/AIDS and women's emancipation.
Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis offers an anthropological overview of the fascinating yet often misunderstood institution of polygamy.
Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis
Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues [Paperback]
Cardell Jacobson (Editor), Lara Burton (Editor)
Book Description: Publication Date: March 9, 2011
Few people realize that polygamy continues to exist in the United States. Thus, world-wide attention focused on the State of Texas in 2008 as agents surrounded the compound of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) and took custody of more than 400 children. Several members of this schismatic religious group, whose women adorned themselves in "prairie dresses," admitted to practicing polygamy. The state justified the raid on charges that underage marriage was being forced on young women. A year later, however, all but one of the children had been returned to their parents and only ten men were charged with crimes, some barely related to the original charges. This book reveals the history, culture, and sometimes an insider's look at the polygamous groups located primarily in the western parts of the United States.
The contributors to this volume are historians, anthropologists, and sociologists familiar with the various groups. A legal scholar also addresses the legality of the Texas raid and a geneticist examines the paternity issues. Together, these authors provide a much needed understanding of the surprisingly large number of groups and individuals who live a quiet polygamous life style in the United States.
Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues
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