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TESP 124 Theology of Marriage - 39867
James W. Reites, S.J.
Office Address 553 Franklin Street
TR 1:30-2:30 PM
Via the Course Website: email@example.com
TR 9:55-11:40 AM
April 1, 2008
Course Credits 5
Julie Hanlon Rubio,
A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family
, (Paulist, 2003)
Ed Kieran Scott and Michael Warren, ed.,
Perspectives on Marriage: A Reader.
2nd. ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).
A Daring Promise: A Spirituality of Christian Marriage,
For Fidelity: How Intimacy and Commitment Enrich Our Lives
Selected Readings Posted on ANGEL
I and Thou
. Trans. by Walter Kaufmann. (New York: Charles
The Good Marriage: How and Why Love Lasts
. (New York:
Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in
the Catholic Church
. rev. ed., (Missouri: Liguori/Triumph, 2001).
Passionate Marriage: Love, Sex, and Intimacy in Emotionally
(New York: Owl Books, 1998).
This course will investigate the moral and religious dimensions of marriage.
Getting married is usually the most important moral decision anyone makes in
life. In a Christian context, it is also a vocation or calling which makes marriage a
committed life of response to God's invitation and continuing presence.
What are the particular challenges and promises that Christian marriage faces in
American culture? How do we make sense out of the human phenomenon of
sexuality? Why have marriage and family been considered the best context for
human sexual flourishing? Does religious commitment add new complications or
new meaning to marriage? How do careers, different growth patterns, children
aging parents, etc. change the relation of wife and husband over time? What are
the spiritual and moral foundations for the virtue of fidelity that sustains this life
commitment? What is the spirituality of marriage?
This course is a third course in Religious Studies which is described by the