Marriage and Family Definitions

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Definitions of Marriage and Family
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Marriage Marriage has historically consisted of five dimensions, all of which are essential for an adequate understanding of it as both an institution and a living human reality. Marriage as organizing natural inclinations Marriage as contract Marriage as a social good Marriage as Religious: Sacrament and Covenant Marriage as a communicative reality Browning
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“Genesis” of Marriage “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” Genesis 2:24
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Westermarck’s Definition Marriage is a social institution which may be defined as a relation of one or more men to one or more women that is recognized by custom or law, and involves certain rights and duties both in the case of the parties entering the union and in the case of children born of it. Westermarck
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Peter Murdock (Anthropologist) Marriage is “a universal institutions that involves a man and a woman living together, engaging in sexual activity, and cooperating economically.” 1949 Counter examples: the Ashanti of Ghana – men live with their mothers and sisters even after marriage
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Royal Anthropological Institute of Britain Marriage is “a union between a man and a woman
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This note was uploaded on 07/16/2008 for the course RLST 255 taught by Professor Montevecchio during the Summer '08 term at Mercyhurst.

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