The History of Marriage

Christianity and the Tradition of Marriage
VorJack, Unreasonable Faith, June 8, 2009

Traditional marriage, as I’ve argued here many times, is misogynistic, antiquated and unnecessary. In this article VorJack gives an interesting history of “traditional” marriage from as far back as the Romans. He takes the reader through marriage as it metamorphosed from an private, equitable, civic arrangement to a cacophony of misogyny as Christianity dug it its teeth.

“Marriage”, he writes, “was a second-rate institution for those who could not handle celibacy.” I think in that context I’d be very much excited to be wed.

All too often this emphasis on celibacy changed into extreme misogyny. Many church fathers blamed women for the feelings they brought about in men, and so women became the enemy.

As the practice continued to evolve under Christianity, women were literally purchased and owned by men. The tradition of men paying a “bride-price” in the form of an expensive engagement ring persists. It’s rather disgusting.

2 Replies to “The History of Marriage”

  1. This is a good article, Brent. What St. Paul stated in the bible is absolutely preposterous:

    To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.
    ~1 Cor. 7:8-9, RSV

    How insipid life would be without the flame of passion!

    So many people marry without thinking about the meaning, the history, and the incredible misogyny attached to it.

  2. @Kirsten UhlerInsipid – Great word!

    Excellent comment, Kirsten. I think most people do get into knee-jerk marriages. It’s reactionary, mostly.

    Life would suck without passion (and lots of sex)!

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