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Perspectives on Marriage

A Reader

Third Edition

Edited by Kieran Scott and Michael Warren

Publication Date - October 2006

ISBN: 9780195313468

480 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $89.99

Thoroughly revised and updated in its third edition, this multidisciplinary anthology features thirteen new articles and incorporates the best of contemporary perspectives on marriage and sexuality.


Thoroughly revised and updated in this third edition, Perspectives on Marriage is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary anthology ideal for courses in the theology and spirituality of marriage. This edition features thirteen new articles and incorporates the best of contemporary perspectives on marriage and sexuality. The selections represent a wide range of approaches, from the historical and canonical to the sociological, psychological, and ministerial. Striking a balance between solid theological material and stimulating readings on today's issues, the volume explores marriage in its historical context; current views on the theology of marriage; the meanings and transitions of marriage; attitudes toward sexuality; communication, conflict, and change; commitment, divorce, and annulment; the spirituality of marriage; and various religious perspectives on marriage. The third edition includes a new section on issues that affect marriage--such as the commercialization of marriage and the financial stresses accompanying marriage--as well as new selections on such topics as same-sex marriage, cohabitation, the theology of dating, and counseling. Each essay is enhanced by a detailed editors' introduction and by helpful discussion questions. Rich, provocative, and challenging, Perspectives on Marriage, Third Edition, is the most extensive and up-to-date reader of its kind.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 2000
March 1993


Praise for the previous edition: "One of the finest resources on the market. The editors have selected nine of the most important areas of discussion for this topic, and the authors are the best in the field."--Dawn M. Nothwehr, Catholic Theological Union

"Excellent source for undergraduate students and other readers interested in marriage issues; readable and straightforward."--Ines A. Murzaku, Seton Hall University

"An excellent collection of essays on the history, meaning, and theology of marriage. It should be required for seminars in theology of marriage and courses in pre-marital/marital counseling."--Neil D. Anderson, Asbury College

"Excellent source for undergraduate students and other readers interested in marriage issues; readable and straightforward."--Ines A. Murzaku, Seton Hall University

Table of Contents

    * New to this edition
    Part One: Marriage in Historical Perspective
    1. Marriage in the Bible, Michael G. Lawler
    2. The Primitive Christian Understanding of Marriage, Theodore Mackin, S.J.
    3. Marriage: A Historical Survey, Joseph Martos
    Part Two: Contemporary Perspectives on the Theology of Marriage
    4. Christian Marriage: Basic Sacrament, Bernard Cooke
    * 5. "Nuptial Pentecost": Theological Reflections on the Presence and Action of the Holy Spirit in Christian Marriage, Julie McCarty
    Part Three: Marriage: Meanings and Transitions
    6. Marriage versus Living Together, Jo McGowan
    7. Marriage Preparation and Cohabiting Couples: Information Report, NCCB Marriage and Family Committee
    * 8. Cohabitation and Marriage as a Life-Process, Kieran Scott
    9. The Meaning of Marriage, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
    * 10. The Meaning of Marriage: Of Two Minds, Edward C. Vacek
    * 11. Same-Sex Marriage: Threat or Aspiration?, Stephen J. Pope
    * 12. Marriage Becomes a Journey, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
    Part Four: Attitudes toward Sexuality
    * 13. Sex Matters: The Riches of the Catholic Sexual Tradition, Sidney Callahan
    14. A Revolution's Broken Promises, Peter Marin
    15. Passionate Attachments in the West in Historical Perspective, Lawrence Stone
    16. Four Mischievous Theories of Sex: Demonic, Divine, Casual, and Nuisance, William F. May
    17. The Neglected Heart: The Emotional Dangers of Premature Sexual Involvement, Thomas Lickona
    * 18. Sex, Time, and Meaning: A Theology of Dating, Jason King and Donna Freitas
    19. Beyond Romance to Human Love, Robert A. Johnson
    20. The Transmission of Life, Pope John Paul II
    Part Five: Communication, Conflict, and Change
    * 21. How People Change, Allen Wheelis
    22. "Put Down That Paper and Talk to Me!": Rapport-Talk and Report-Talk, Deborah Tannen
    23. Communication and Conflict, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
    24. Communication, Thomas N. Hart and Kathleen Fischer Hart
    25. The Battered Woman: Myths and Reality, Lenore E. Walker
    26. Men Who Make Women Want to Scream, Connell Cowan and Melvin Kinder
    * 27. Going to the Therapist En Route to the Altar, Zoë Wolff
    * Part Six: Issues Impacting Marriage
    * 28. Watching New Love as it Sears the Brain, Benedict Carey
    * 29. You're Getting Married: The Wal-Martization of the Bridal Business, Rebecca Mead
    * 30. Money, Marriage, and Making a Future: The Letter to Emily, Michael Warren
    Part Seven: Commitment, Divorce, and Annulment
    31. What God Has Joined Together. . ., Bernard Cooke
    32. The Meaning of Commitment, Margaret Farley
    33. Annulment: The Process and Its Meaning, Patrick R. Lagges
    34. Remarried Catholics: Searching for Church Belonging, James J. Young
    * 35. Divorce and Remarriage in the Catholic Church: Ten Theses, Michael G. Lawler
    36. Children after Divorce: Wounds That Don't Heal, Judith S. Wallerstein
    Part Eight: Spirituality of Marriage
    37. Spirituality and Lifestyle, Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
    * 38. Faithful Becoming: Forming Families in the Art of Paradoxical Living in a Fragmented and Pluralistic World, Herbert Anderson
    Part Nine: Religious Traditions: Perspectives on Marriage
    39. Marriage in the Jewish Tradition, Blu Greenberg
    40. The Protestant View of Marriage, Wilson Yates
    41. Marriage in Islam, Lois Lamya Ibsen al Faruqi

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