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Polygamy Reconsidered: African Plural Marriage
and the Christian Churches

Path: Behaviour change and sustainability African Plural Marriage Conclusion


This is a good book and an interesting read. There are plenty of intriguing facts in here, even though some of them are out of date. The history is particularly interesting - the biblical coverage is basic but just about sufficient for the book's purpose. The author is too concerned with polygamists not being 'baptised', but this is unsurprising as he sees it as necessary for salvation. The author is also too concerned with driving a square peg into a round hole, but his mental gymnastics are amazing to watch!

If your local library has the book then it's well worth a read as there is plenty to learn inside it. To find out more about the book, and even to order it, click on the link below.

The reviewer, Samuel Chapman, lives in England. You may contact him by e mail at:


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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: A Reinvented Option?



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