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Purpose of marriage

- celebrate their love
- foundation of family love
- building block for community life
- respect to God
- sex


Catholic Truth Society quote

Marriage is the sacrament in which a baptised man and woman vow to belong to each other in a permanent, exclusive, sexual, partnership of loving, mutual care, concern and shared responsibility in the hope of having children and bringing up a family


Quote for making a new family

'A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh'- genesis 2:24


Quote for wives obeying husbands

'Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wide as Christ is the head of the church'- Ephesians 5:2-25


Quote for couple bodies

'The wife's body does not belong to her alone but to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife'- 1 Corinthians 7:4


Evangelical Protestant teachings on sex

- sex outside marriage is wrong
- adultery breaks marriage vows which are part of the sacrament
'You shall not commit adultery'
'Sex is an act of love and commitment and should only take place within a marriage'- Timothy 2:22 and Matthew 5:27-8


Church of England teaching on sex

- recognise that society has changed
- cohabitation is accepted as a trial marriage
- marriage is a gift to humans and is the ideal place to bring up a child
- best place for sexual relationship
- agape love


Roman Catholic teaching on sex

- 'constitutes a grave sin'
- belongs to a permanent and exclusive sexual relationship
- cohabitation unacceptable
- 'human love does not tolerate trial marriages'
- 'be holy and completely free from sexual immortality'
' adultery 'destroys the very idea of a family'


Different teachings in the bible on sex

- 'you shall not commit adultery' Exodus
- 'your body is a temple of the holy experience' Corinthians
- 'be fruitful and multiply' Genesis


Evangelical teachings on sex

- marriage is the only place for sex
- sex outside is wrong (NT)
- 'do not commit adultery'


Liberal Christians teachings on sex

- accept pre marital sex
- part of loving relationship
- as long as there is no exploration
- Jesus said love mattered the most


Against pre marital sex

Sex is for procreation
Fornication is a sin
Promiscuity is wrong


Methodist teachings on sex

- 'although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are only clearly affirmed in the marriage bond'
- responsible contraception is needed
- every child should be born in only a healthy environment


Baptist teachings on sex

- upholds family planning
- birth contort to regulate amount of children is accepted


How does the church support family life (4)

Help children support disabled or elderly parents
Provides a place for families to go and be brought together (church on sundays)
Charity work is done like helping families in financial breakdown- offers debt advice
Offers relationship or marriage counselling


RCC on divorce

Married couples can separate but not divorce
If someone remarries/is in a relationship after separation it's adultery and can't do holy communion
Can be legally divorced bit they're married in the eyes of the Church
Marriage is a sacrament


RCC quote on divorce

What God has joined man cannot separate
Til death do us part



If a marriage is not valid and annulment can be granted- as if marriage never happened


12 reasons for annulment

One partner...
Was forced to marry
Was suffering from mental problems
Never intended to keep vows
Wasn't baptised
Withheld info eg infertility


CofE views on divorce

- can be allowed if it's a last resort
- can remarry
- Christians should forgive
- vicar doesn't have to remarry people


Churches response to divorce

Marriage perpetration courses
Marriage guidance counselling


How many people divorce



How many single parents

1.2 million


Cohabitation figures

25% cohabit without marriage


Divorce laws changes

1534- act of Parliament only
1857- only when adultery
1937- when insanity, cruelty or desertion
1969- irretrievable breakdown


Bible on divorce

Matthew- divorce is allowed when adultery happens
Mark- divorce isn't allowed
'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery'


3 points for premarital sex/adultery is wrong

Got gave sex to humans got procreation- 'given as the foundation of family life'
Sex is special connection- 'a sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage, outside constitutes a grave sin'
Relationship won't be valued- typical marriage lasts 11 years


3 points for premarital sex/adultery is not wrong

Out of date- 5% 1950 43.7% 2006 babies outside of marriage
Pope is influential on Christians- Pope Francis married women in Vatican who had children
May not know compatibility- 50% of marriages end in divorce


The Church of England on contraception

- Sexual love is good in itself
- Sexual love provides a way for a husband and die to express their love for each other
- Accepts contraception in couples so that they can enjoy a sexual relationship and take responsibility for their family size
- Essentially they promote responsibility


Methodist on contraception

- Welcome contraception as a means to fulfilment in marriage
- Can be necessary to space pregnancies or avoid them