Polygamy final draft - Berry 1 Many organizations that are...

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Berry 1 Many organizations that are in favor of polygamy use religious texts to make their arguments; at the same time, groups that are opposed to polygamy use the same books and often the same scripture verses to present their case. Each side uses and manipulates The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. Pro-polygamy groups focus on the Old Testament to back their argument. Anti-polygamy groups principally utilize the New Testament for support. The Bible and other religious texts are caught up in the middle of the polygamy debate, providing support for both sides. Christian Pro-polygamy groups argue that there are many instances of polygamy in the bible and therefore polygamy is fine in the eyes of God. They argue that the first instance of polygamy or bigamy occurs in the first book of the bible, in Genesis 4:19 which states “Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah” (Today’s New International Version, Gen. 4:19). Many powerful men, primarily in the New Testament had multiple wives: King David has six wives and multiple concubines, King Solomon had 700 wives and over 300 concubines, and his son Rehoboam had 18 wives and nearly 60 Concubines. “There is not a single verse from the New Testament that prohibits polygamy” (Polygamy in the Bible). While the majority of pro-polygamy verses exist in the Old Testament, there are verses in the book of Matthew from the New Testament that are used to support polygamy as well. The anti-polygamy side of the debate, when using the Bible tends to focus on the New Testament to draw their support. They believe that the Bible clearly shows that God’s desire is that one man is married to one woman. Surprisingly the same scripture, from the book of Matthew, which is used by those in favor of polygamy, is also used in
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Berry 2 opposition of polygamy. The Matthew scripture outlines the definition of marriage by saying when you can divorce your wife (in cases of adultery). “God's standard of monogamy for Christians is an absolute requirement for anyone who wants to be a deacon in the church: ‘A deacon must be
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course ENGL 150 taught by Professor Newby during the Fall '07 term at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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