Introduction to 'Sex, Marriage, and Family in the World Religions'

Sex, Marriage, and Family in the World Religions, Don S. Browning, M. Christian Green, and John Witte, Jr., eds. (New York/London: Columbia University Press, 2006), xvi-xxix

Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-370

14 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2015 Last revised: 7 Mar 2020

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Don Browning

affiliation not provided to SSRN (deceased)

M. Christian Green

Emory University

John Witte, Jr.

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

This chapter introduces the main texts and teachings on sex, marriage and family life in six major world religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. While each of these traditions offers unique perspectives on the fundamentals of domestic life, all of them have developed comparable teachings and practices on marital fitness and capacity, marital consent and property exchange, engagements and marriages, wedding and rituals, roles for spouses and children, sexuality and sexual expression, legitimate and illegitimate children, marital dissolution and post-marital support, death and inheritance. Many of these are ancient teachings and practices that are now heavily challenged by the forces of modernization and globalization.

Keywords: Marriage, Family Life, Sex and Sexuality, Divorce, Annulment, Celibacy, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Modernization, Globalization, Marital Promises, Marital Consent, Marital Property, Women’s Rights, Children, Children’s Rights, Marriage Liturgies, Rituals, Marital

Suggested Citation

Browning, Don and Green, M. Christian and Witte, John, Introduction to 'Sex, Marriage, and Family in the World Religions' (2006). Sex, Marriage, and Family in the World Religions, Don S. Browning, M. Christian Green, and John Witte, Jr., eds. (New York/London: Columbia University Press, 2006), xvi-xxix, Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-370, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2699266

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