Saturday, November 29, 2014

Is there a difference between "Christian marriage" and "Civil marriage"?

Two Anglican theologians have published an article containing their conviction that there is a significant difference between
what the State defines "Civil Marriage" to be, and that which Christian theology defines as a "Christian marriage".

After years of wrestling on this topic, you might be surprised to hear their conclusion, and the reasons for it: they propose a Marriage pledge - "in which they undertake to refrain from serving as agents of the state in marriage by, e.g., signing government-provided marriage certificates. Couples will be asked to contract civil marriage separately from “weddings that seek to establish a Christian marriage in accord with the principles articulated and lived out from the beginning of the Church’s life.”

See what you think of their conclusion and the reasons for their arriving at a whole new way of understanding the relationship between Christian churches and the State.

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