Distinguishing Civil Contract from Christian Marriage

Type of Submission

Podium Presentation

Campus Venue

Dixon Ministry Center, Room 101


Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-10-2013 2:20 PM

End Date

4-10-2013 2:40 PM



While marriage performed through a church is typically validated by the government, the belief that Church and State ought to be separate entities in regard to marriage has the utmost relevance in today's culture. In several of his works, most notably Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, John Milton analyzes what constitutes matrimony and what marriage policies the Church and government should adopt. Milton's texts are a starting point for a critical discussion on civil contract. Biblical research, analyses of Milton's texts, and an understanding of cultural issues showcase the inconsistencies of the church's prevailing perceptions of divorce and gay marriage. A conclusion that defines Christian marriage as entirely separate from civil contract provides an immensely valuable framework for understanding pertinent issues in America's legal system and churches. This perspective, unbeknownst to many, can spark discussions In entirely new realms of scriptural and cultural research because It provides resolution to the currently unresolved matters of gay marriage and divorce.

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Apr 10th, 2:20 PM Apr 10th, 2:40 PM

Distinguishing Civil Contract from Christian Marriage

Cedarville, OH