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Religions 2016, 7(7), 89; doi:10.3390/rel7070089

Marriage and Sexuality in the Light of the Eschaton: A Dialogue between Orthodox and Reformed Theology

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Department of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St, Worcester, MA 01610, USA
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Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University, 1100 Nudgee Rd, Banyo, QLD 4014, Australia
Academic Editor: Tobias Winright
Received: 19 May 2016 / Revised: 23 June 2016 / Accepted: 4 July 2016 / Published: 11 July 2016
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This article proposes a re-examination of the institution of marriage in light of the eschatology of the Eastern Church and the theological discourse on the topic developed by three thinkers of the Reformed tradition, namely Kierkegaard, Barth, and Bonhoeffer. In doing so, I take into consideration the relationship of marriage with: (1) sacramental theology; (2) philosophical anthropology; (3) politics; and (4) the question of human sexuality. Such a re-examination of marriage has been made highly urgent and relevant today in the wake of the recent debate on same-sex marriage. This fourfold examination illustrates marriage’s ambivalent position within the Christian tradition insofar as, if taken as normative, marriage diminishes the subversive claim of Christian eschatology. Furthermore, Christian theology refuses marriage an absolute merit, by demanding that it is always qualified in relation to the Church’s eschatological vision. View Full-Text
Keywords: marriage; marriage and eschatology; theology of sexuality; Orthodox theology; Søren Kierkegaard; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; John Zizioulas marriage; marriage and eschatology; theology of sexuality; Orthodox theology; Søren Kierkegaard; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; John Zizioulas
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Manoussakis, J.P. Marriage and Sexuality in the Light of the Eschaton: A Dialogue between Orthodox and Reformed Theology. Religions 2016, 7, 89.

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