The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy

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Cambridge University Press, 5 may. 2015 - 531 páginas
For more than 2,500 years, the Western tradition has embraced monogamous marriage as an essential institution for the flourishing of men and women, parents and children, society and the state. At the same time, polygamy has been considered a serious crime that harms wives and children, correlates with sundry other crimes and abuses, and threatens good citizenship and political stability. The West has thus long punished all manner of plural marriages and denounced the polygamous teachings of selected Jews, Muslims, Anabaptists, Mormons, and others. John Witte, Jr. carefully documents the Western case for monogamy over polygamy from antiquity until today. He analyzes the historical claims that polygamy is biblical, natural, and useful alongside modern claims that anti-polygamy laws violate personal and religious freedom. While giving the arguments pro and con a full hearing, Witte concludes that the Western historical case against polygamy remains compelling and urges Western nations to hold the line on monogamy.
 

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From Polygamy to Monogamy in Judaism
34
The Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy in the Church Fathers
65
Polygamy in the Laws of State and Church in the First Millennium
101
The Medieval Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy
144
Polygamous Experiments in Early Protestantism
196
The Calvinist Case Against Polygamy and Its Civil
241
Theology Politics
275
The Early Modern Liberal Case for Polygamy
322
The Liberal Enlightenment Case Against Polygamy
348
The American Case Against Polygamy
389
Concluding Reflections
442
Bibliography
467
Index of Biblical Citations
507
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Sobre el autor (2015)

John Witte, Jr is Robert W. Woodruff University Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, Atlanta. A world authority in legal history, he has directed twelve major international projects on democracy, human rights, religious liberty, marriage, family, and children. He has lectured throughout the world and published twenty-seven books, including, recently, Christianity and Human Rights: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2010) and The Sins of the Fathers: The Law and Theology of Illegitimacy Reconsidered (Cambridge, 2009).

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