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Author(s): Peter G. Coleman, Michael Langford
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An all-encompassing account of Christian attitudes and sources of attitudes to marriage, traced through Near Eastern, Classical and Biblical histories, suitable for the student or lay trainer wishing to know more than an Alpha course. It covers all aspects of marriage- including the on going debate surrounding same sex unions.
"The author was Anglican bishop of Crediton in England and lecturer in Christian Ethics at London, Bristol, and Exeter universities. This survey provides a broad but cogent overview of the historical and theological context for the construction of the Christian marriage ethos. (...)The format is well-suited as a textbook for undergraduate or theology students. Thanks to the editor who completed the manuscript, there is an index of names and of subjects(...) Each chapter considers both general thematic developments and the contribution of individual theologians and authors, and provides some quite extensive citations from primary sources. Monica Sandor, Brussels, INTAMS review II 2005.
"Throughout one feels in good hands, guided by a learned and unprejudiced scholar who is not grinding an axe but aware of complexity and fair to both rigorist and liberal interpretations." Helen Oppenheimer, Jersey, C.I., Theology, July/August 2005.
"Coleman was keen to portray the lengthy inheritance of ideas that informed Christian attitudes about marriage, and he demonstrates convincingly that over history each faith, nation or community has tended to adapt or modify the ideas of its predecessors. (...)Throughout the book, Coleman is interested in how the views of key thinkers were influenced by their own experiences of marriage and family life. (...)The selection of quotations from these key thinkers is thoughtful, and thanks to the indices compiled by Langford, it will be possible for this book to be of use in a wide range of future projects." Elizabeth Foyster, Clare College, Cambridge, Ecclesiastical History, Vol.57/2 April 2006.
"While its specific goal is to be helpful in contemporary debates in "England, with special emphasis on the Church of England experience" (203), the book's wealth of references makes it useful for those of us living outside that geography and denomination. In fact, the book has two great strengths: first, its breadth, in that it includes Christian and other religious sources on marriage from 3000 B.C.E up to some very recent Anglican study texts on homosexuality; and, second, its desire to be irenic, in that it emphasizes "convergence on moral issues ...[and] at least some overlap between what a Christian sees marriage to be all about and what civil society sees it to be". William McDonough, College of St Catherine, Saint Paul Minnesota, Worship, November 2006, Vol.80, N°6.
The Right Rev Peter Coleman, was the author of 'Christian attitudes to Homosexuality','A christian attitude towards televsion', and 'experiments with prayer'. Following his tragic death in 2001, when this work was left incomplete,'Christian attitudes to marriage',is brought to us by the hard work of his family and close friends, particularly Dr Michael Langford.