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Polygamy Reconsidered: African Plural Marriage
and the Christian Churches

Path: Change for the Good African Plural Marriage Introduction


The book starts as it means to go on, with a quote from Haring - "Have the moral theologians really made a serious attempt to distinguish in marriage ethics and marriage law the specifically Christian elements from those elements which were more or less a successful accommodation to European culture?"

The author raises the question as to whether the theologians who saw polygamy as a problem have ever really thought beyond the ready-made solution they had to offer or whether, quoting Joseph Fuchs "the marriage institution we have discovered belongs only to our given culture." He places the anti-polygamy movement as getting its exegetical methods and theological arguments from Pope Innocent III.

He then moves on to focus on the problem, that while Christianity rightly condemns consecutive polygamy (otherwise called serial monogamy, where you divorce one wife to marry another), this practice needs to be completely distinguished from simultaneous polygamy, where commitments are honoured. The author follows popular usage in talking of 'polygyny' and not of 'polyandry', and claims it is practiced in India, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and most of the Islamic world. He also tries to convince his readership that Socrates indulged in plural marriage.

Chapter 1 - 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



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?

Plural Marriage for Our Times

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

Polygamy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

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

Modern Polygamy in the United States

Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues


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