Resources on Anglican theology of marriage

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  1. anglican74

    anglican74 Well-Known Member Anglican

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    I have always had an impression that we have a very strong tradition on social values in things like divorce and remarriage, chastity and premarital sex. Bearing on all that I'd like to ask you guys: what resources from Anglican authors have you found particularly enlightening on these topics?

    I hope this can be a lively discussion, thanks!
     
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    Lowly Layman Well-Known Member Anglican

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    Doesn't ACNA have a canon on something or other about it? I remember reading it some time ago but now can't find it.
     
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    Ah yes here it is-
    ACNA Canons, title II, canon 8. sec.3
    Of Standards of Sexual Morality and Ethics

    This is the great canon used to justify acna opposition to abortions.
     
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    anglican74 Well-Known Member Anglican

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    Thanks, that's not exactly what I was asking about marriage although is relevant to general social issues in the church so that's good.


    Perfect.
     
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    What's the Anglican position on marriages outside the church?

    For example what does the church teach about marriages between a baptized non Anglican Christian and unbaptized person that happens outside the church? Is it considered valid?
    Or two baptized Christians who might be of a different faith than Anglicanism?
     
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    Here's what the Episcopal Church says about Holy matrimony:
    Concerning the Service




    Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a

    woman in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that

    one, at least, of the parties must be a baptized Christian; that the

    ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage

    conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church.


    A priest or a bishop normally presides at the Celebration and Blessing

    of a Marriage, because such ministers alone have the function of

    pronouncing the nuptial blessing, and of celebrating the Holy Eucharist.



    When both a bishop and a priest are present and officiating, the bishop

    should pronounce the blessing and preside at the Eucharist.



    A deacon, or an assisting priest, may deliver the charge, ask for the

    Declaration of Consent, read the Gospel, and perform other assisting

    functions at the Eucharist.



    Where it is permitted by civil law that deacons may perform marriages,

    and no priest or bishop is available, a deacon may use the service which

    follows, omitting the nuptial blessing which follows The Prayers.


    It is desirable that the Lessons from the Old Testament and the Epistles be

    read by lay persons.


    In the opening exhortation (at the symbol of N.N.), the full names of the

    persons to be married are declared. Subsequently, only their Christian

    names are used."

    -Book of Common Prayer, 1979
     

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