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AO2 Marriage Coursework

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"Explain how, in the course of your marriage, a Christian couple would apply the beliefs you have mentioned. In your answer, consider three or more situations where a Christian belief would 'make a difference'. Consider whether all Christian couples would respond in this way. The overall Christian Churches teaching about marriage is that it should be a life-long, exclusive sacrament. In the Roman Catholic Church the teachings about marriage are that once the vows are exchanged the husband and wife have become equal and cannot be separated by anything except death. The Anglican Church teaches that marriage should be permanent and life-giving, but if there were to be a separation the church would not agree with it, but still would allow it. Whereas in the Quaker church as marriage is only a promise, a separation would be allowed without a disagreement with the church. In the RC church the most important part of the ceremony is the exchanging of the vows, as they are the sacrament between the couple and God, ...read more.

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This is the teaching of the Catholic Church. The Anglican Church teaches the same, but not to the same extent as the Catholic Church as the Anglican Church does not view the vows in the same way. The Quaker Church does not exchange vows so there would be no restriction for there to be a divorce. The Christian Church teaches us that there are seven specific things which help a marriage to work, the marriage should be permanent; this means that no matter what happens in the relationship, the couple will work together in order for them to sustain their love for each other; exclusive, meaning that the couple will love each other and nobody else; publicly acknowledged, this means that the marriage must take place in front of witnesses, as it is a public announcement of the couple's love to one another; life-long, the marriage does not end until one of the couple dies-'til death do us part'; life-giving, meaning that the couple should enter the marriage with the intention of ...read more.

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A Quaker marriage is different from other marriage ceremonies as it is simple. On the day of the marriage all the members of the meeting sit in a circle. When the couple are ready to begin they stand up and say their declarations (promises), which are equivalent to the RC vows but are not vows. The couple then sign a Quaker Marriage Certificate while all the other members remain in silence. The declarations said in the Quaker marriage are not the same as the marriage vows but are taken to be just as serious and important, and they are promises not to be broken and as they are not sacramental they are not as serious as the vows exchanged in the RC church. Catholics keep working at their marriage no matter what, they never just give up, even when things turn bad, they can go to marriage counselling instead of getting divorced so that they can put their differences aside and build on their love. For example CMAC, Catholic Marriage Advisory Council or RELATE. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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