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  1. Christians response to marriage and divorce.

    A warning passage is given to show just how serious marriage is, and gives advice on making the decision to marry. "a way of life that all should honour. It must not be undertaken carelessly, lightly, or selfishly, but reverently, responsibly, and after serious thought." This passage has a very important message to deliver. A Christian would think about marriage with great care and would marry for love and never marry for selfish reasons like for money. The vows for a Christian couple are both the same, this shows an equal responsibility and commitment to the marriage.

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  2. Christian marriage ceremonies

    Some reasons for marriages breaking down are rows, betrayal, affairs etc. Life-giving is when you get married you need to know that you love this person more than you will love anyone else ever. You need to know that this person is the right person for you. You will give a promise that your relationship will be permanent and exclusive therefore there will never be anyone involved. This then, is the greatest symbol of love. Two people show this love by creating life.

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  3. Explain Christian attitudes to co-habitation and marriage

    The intent to wait for sex after the marriage ceremony and the intimacy of it resembles love, commitment and faith in the relationship. Like the Church of England believes marriage is a life long commitment the Bible states Matthew 10:2-12, Jesus said what God has joined together, man must not separate. Christians believe sex is a beautiful gift from God, like marriage is the most beautiful expression of deep union between two people and sex is only special as it is only with the intent to create and its wrong to use a person as a thing.

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  4. The Bible

    We see in this passage that the bible allows divorce if the wife committed unchasity. Because of such contradictions the attitudes on Marriage and divorce vary amongst Christians. Some believers think marriage is for life after reading certain passages from the gospel such as Matthew 19. 4-6 (mentioned above), while others believe that divorce might be possible on the grounds of adultery. Since the bible is unclear opinions vary on weather divorce should be allowed or not, however it does not stop there. The bible affects a Christians attitude on what is allowed after divorce. Some think it is ok.

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  5. Describe the requirements that have to be satisfied in order to succeed in bringing a divorce petition under English Law

    England because, like unreasonable behaviour, it offers "instant" divorce where it applies whereas the other three grounds for divorce involve compulsory long delays. Unreasonable behaviour: "Unreasonable behaviour" is the most frequent ground for divorce in English divorce law. Divorce in England & Wales is based on "irretrievable breakdown" of the marriage but this breakdown must be proved by evidence of these five facts.

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  6. What Do the Marriage Vows Demand From a Catholic Couple In Living Out Their Marriage?

    The Celebration of a sacrament is a way to improve a relationship with God, as is praying and Thanksgiving. Marriage is a sacrament because it does all four of these things. The outward signs of marriage are the words and actions carried out by the Priest, the Bride and the Groom: Actions such as the exchange of rings, and words such as the mass readings, and the Priest's introduction all emphasise the inward grace which the couple receive. When two people give themselves to each other in a marriage, they are promising to put their spouse's needs and intentions before their own.

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  7. Women’s Rights in France and China

    Bertrande de Roles was now stuck in limbo, as she could not go out and look for a new husband, for that would have been viewed as an adulterer. However being a woman she had little power in terms of social status because of the absence of a husband, she had no power over her land or in some cases her possessions thus she was little more then a mother with children. With the sudden appearance of the imposter of Martin Guerre, Bertrande de Roles takes advantage of the situation and plays along with the new Martin Guerre's schemes.

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  8. The Ethics of Marriage

    Thomas J. Higgins, S.J., the author writes with the influence of the Thomistic accounts of ethics. First of all, he notes that divorce is not condemned because Natural Law does not find it totally evil, nor is it totally good (374). Natural Law is the way by which humans live, and how they follow the Eternal Law, that which governs everything in the universe. The reason that divorce cannot be completely evil is because the end to marriage is attainable without a divorce (374). Two kinds of divorce exist, one being imperfect, and the other being perfect. Imperfect divorce is defined as the physical separation of a married couple, where the couple no longer lives together.

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  9. Describe a Catholic Wedding Ceremony and the Ideals Expressed Within It.

    The Catholic Church also states that marriage is fruitful this refers to the fact that marriage should produce offspring to show the couples love for each other and love for god. There are many references to marriage and divorce in the bible most of them coincide in the New Testament in such chapters such as Matthew, Mark, John, Corinthians and Ephesians. Most of the passages in new testament really describe a man and a woman being faithful to each other like Jesus was faithful to the church, for example in Ephesians 5 21-33, it was written "wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord.

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  10. Divorce Does Not Affect Educational Achievement In Children.

    Half the families had broken up one or more times. The report looks at both the negative and positive aspects of divorce, for example whether the child is better off living in a peaceful environment even if it means the parents are separated. Cockett and Tripp found that: * "Children whose families had been 're-ordered' by separation or divorce were more likely than children from intact families to have encountered health problems (especially psychosomatic disorders), to have needed extra help at school..."

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  11. Rites of Passage: Marriage

    The circle/ring idea is not only put to use in rings. In Orthodox ceremonies the couple may walk around the altar together, again symbolic of the circle - permanence idea. The vows from the Christian service are another custom which is heavily themed on permanence. One of the phrases most associated with marriage is ' Till death do us part.', this, obviously, is a statement of the couples wish to be together till the end of their lives. You don't get any more permanent than that. Some of the vows that the couples must take In the Roman Catholic service are, " Are you ready to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?".

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  12. Outline and assess the main reasons for the increase in the Divorce rate since the 1970s.

    In 1985 the 1984 Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act became effective, this allowed couples to divorce after only one year of marriage. By this time many more women were independent and were working, which was a challenge to men who still expected women to be at home and doing housework. This helped to increase the number of divorces. The expectation of more in marriages has been one major reason why a lot of couples file for a divorce. Writers such as Ronald Fletcher also see those higher divorce rates as expectations of increased and high standards of marriage.

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  13. Family Matters

    Reasons for this may be that couples are 'rushing' into their married life's, which is then causing problems between the two. Other possibilities could be due to financial difficulties. Others may argue that the actual reason for the increasing divorce rates are due to the media and television programs, which many may believe influences family life. Hopefully I will be able to produce many other reasons and also explain them. Another aspect that may be affecting my 'question' is the ethnicity and the social background of the individual being questioned.

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  14. Marriages in the Christian Church.

    'Are you ready to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?' this is asking the couple if they are ready to show their love and respect for each other, giving them gifts, making love etc. 'Are you ready to accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?' this question is one which is stating your willingness to have children. All Christian marriages should be life giving if possible.

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  15. Divorce and Marriage Questions on Christianity

    This importance of love is shown in the wedding vows that all church weddings have. This part of the ceremony emphasises the need for love between the couple, 'to have and to hold; from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part'. (Alternative Service Book.) This shows the need for love and understanding to be present in all marriages. Christians believe that marriage is for life and that you are married until death parts you and only then are you free to re-marry.

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  16. The Detriment of Divorce

    The loss of a child is a pain that never goes away, and an already shaky marriage is very likely to deteriorate completely. Besides, to "not get divorced" takes a lot of work on the part of both spouses. If both spouses don't take responsibility for the marriage, then a lot of divorces occur for reasons that are not overt. These reasons seem invalid because they are not irreparable. In other words, if the couple is willing to work at their marriage and bend a little in order to meet each other half way, then their marriage can be saved.

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  17. In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of polygamous marriages? Do you think polygamy and arranged marriage would help to lower the divorce rate in our society today?

    A husband having more than one wife is likely to be the father to many children, who he would also be responsible to support, resulting in him having to earn even more money. Many think that an disadvantage of a polygamous marriage is that when more wives are added to a family, tension and jealousy is created causing the living environment in the family home to be less comfortable. This may also lead to arguments within the family, especially between children of the same father but with different mothers living together.

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  18. Can the rise in the divorce rate during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s be explained by legal reforms which made it easier to get divorced?

    By the time the Divorce Reform Act (1969) was passed, divorces had already almost trebled (Office for National Statistics). The Act 'replaced blame with irretrievable breakdown' (Esher College, 2001), and increased the possible grounds for divorce to five - adultery, unreasonable behaviour, two years separation with both parties' consent, five years separation without both parties' consent, and desertion. After this came into force in 1971, there was a flurry of divorce applications, but these plateaued after a couple of years.

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  19. Roman Catholic Marriage

    their state by a special sacrament' Through marriage, the relationship is 'sealed and strengthened' and they are united for the rest of their lives. The couple has Christ's and the Church's blessing and support and he is always there to help them in times of need. The sacrament of Matrimony, 'gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved the church'. (Catechism of the Catholic Church para. 1661) In a Catholic marriage the couple always have the support of God and the church, the blessing during the ceremony asks that the couple may be 'living examples of Christian life', to show others their love for each other.

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  20. Arranged Marriages- What they really are

    However, in an arranged marriage most couples will have a choice to agree to the marriage or not. What are the pros and cons? For- Reasons for maintaining it for people who practise arranged marriage There are several arguments in favour of arranged marriage. These are some of the most popular arguments. Modern arranged marriages, in contrast to classical ones, are not based on proscriptions but on realistic considerations. Often, parents can contribute to the offspring's life by utilizing the benefits of experience to choose the right mate for him/her.

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  21. Religious Influence on Family Life In Britain

    marriage is seen as completing half of your faith, is due to the fact that it allows Muslims to have responsibilities in life, and not a care-free and silly life. Some responsibilities marriage comes with are to feed and clothe the wife or to assist the husband etc. A Muslim believer should live in harmony with the Islamic law and it has been reported that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had once said ?Do not delay in three things; 1) the offering of the obligatory prayer.

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  22. divorce is never right

    In the New Testament both proclamations contradict themselves: one is that ?man must not separate ?what God had joined together? in Mark 10:9. For this particular reason, many traditional Christian churches refuse to remarry divorced people in a church, although they can marry in a registry office with the ?blessing? of the church. This is because divorce is seen as a misdemeanour in the eyes of God. However, in Matthew another statement declares that ?If anyone divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness?? Some believe that there are these conflicting opinions about divorce perhaps because Mark saw marital unfaithfulness as such an obvious reason for divorce that he did not deem it worthy to mention.

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  23. Religion and human relationships Religion and medical ethics - views of Christians and Moslems.

    Various ceremonies outline the nature of Christian family life. Parents should: 1. Provide their children with the necessities of life, a home of Christian faithfulness and love. (Ephesians 6 tells parents to treat their children in way that will not provoke them to anger). 2. Teach their children to pray, morality and how to live a Christian life. (Discipline your son, and he will give you peace. Proverbs 29:17) 3. Set a good Christian example and celebrate Christian festivals, take their children to Sunday School and encourage them to be confirmed/ baptised. Children should: 1. Obey and respect their parents.

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  24. Cohabiting versus Marriage - the Christian view.

    This process can more widely be known as a ?trial marriage? as the couple get a chance to know each other well as they may have suffered a childhood in which their parents got divorced. The next reason why people choose to cohabit their marriage is because they believe that marriage is oppressive and very restrictive and that the signing of a piece of civil paper is a meaningless action to take. One in five mothers cohabit because they are against marriage.

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