I just read this and find it ironic that people use religion to define marriage when it was occurring for centuries before religion decided it wanted to be involved...what are your thoughts?
The B.C. Years
In the centuries prior to the first millennium A.D., marriage was a good way to ensure your family's safety. By marrying a daughter off to a fellow from a nearby tribe, you expanded the circle of people who you could rely upon in times of famine or violence. Marriage came to be respected as an institution, so much so that people who didn't marry were penalized outcasts. But marriage wasn't so respected that you couldn't escape its bounds once in awhile; in fact, it was expected that men would have romantic dalliances with mistresses (or even young boys) while maintaining a marriage for purposes of child-rearing. Women were married very young, whereas men tended to be a little older, and almost all marriages were arranged.
6th Century through 17th Century
No Valentines or romantic weekends shared between spouses to be found in this chunk of time. Marriages continued to be arranged affairs, particularly useful for solidifying status, wealth and power. Men of one family would present a potential bride to another family, and then they'd negotiate a dowry, or bride price. When the deal was struck, the men presented the bride-to-be with a ring to celebrate the successful transaction; of course, giving rings to celebrate betrothal has become much more romantic (and expensive) in recent times.
12th Century to 13th Century
The union between a man and a woman is described in the sacred texts of most religions. For many centuries, though, the Christian church took a decidedly hands-off approach to marriage. During the 12th and the 13th centuries, however, the church became more involved in performing ceremonies and dictating who could get married. Churches prohibited marriage between in-laws, blood relations and families who were linked by the bond of godparent and godchild. The church would often undertake investigations to assure that these conditions were met. It wasn't until the 12th century that a priest would participate in a marriage ceremony, and it would take another hundred years before the ceremony was actually performed by a priest.
Asked by Anonymous at 12:57 PM on Apr. 19, 2011 in Religious Debate
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Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 1:07 PM on Apr. 19, 2011
Well, the passage you posted seems to cover marriage only from a Christian, or even more specifically, a Catholic view. Obviously there are other religions that predate Christ and they too had restrictions on marriage. Personally, I believe that God's ability and intent to join a man and a women in marriage predates even the creation of this world.
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