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How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments

The Sacramental Theology of Marriage from its Medieval Origins to the Council of Trent

How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments

The Sacramental Theology of Marriage from its Medieval Origins to the Council of Trent

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316509395
Number of Pages: 261
Published: 13/12/2018
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 23 cm
Among the contributions of the medieval church to western culture was the idea that marriage was one of the seven sacraments, which defined the role of married folk in the church. Although it had ancient roots, this new way of regarding marriage raised many problems, to which scholastic theologians applied all their ingenuity. By the late Middle Ages, the doctrine was fully established in Christian thought and practice but not yet as dogma. In the sixteenth century, with the entire Catholic teaching on marriage and celibacy and its associated law and jurisdiction under attack by the Protestant reformers, the Council of Trent defined the doctrine as a dogma of faith for the first time but made major changes to it. Rather than focusing on a particular aspect of intellectual and institutional developments, this book examines them in depth and in detail from their ancient precedents to the Council of Trent.

Philip L. Reynolds (Emory University, Atlanta)

Philip Reynolds has taught at Emory University, Atlanta since 1992, where he is Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology. He is also a senior fellow of Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR), and he directed CSLR's five-year project on 'The Pursuit of Happiness' (2006-11).

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