Wednesday, June 12, 2013

No, the Bible DOESN'T say that

From the Des Moines register, actual Biblical Scholars correct the misconception:
As academic biblical scholars, we wish to clarify that the biblical texts do not support the frequent claim that marriage between one man and one woman is the only type of marriage deemed acceptable by the Bible’s authors.
In fact, there were a variety of unions and family configurations that were permissible in the cultures that produced the Bible.
They go on to cite chapter and verse for monogamy, Levirite marriage (marrying a brother's widow, even if already married), celibacy, proscriptions against marriage across races or nations, and even a call to celibacy. They go on:
This is not only our modern, academic opinion. This view of the multiple definitions of “biblical” marriage has been acknowledged by some of the most prominent names in Christianity. ... 
Accordingly, we must guard against attempting to use ancient texts to regulate modern ethics and morals, especially those ancient texts whose endorsements of other social institutions, such as slavery, would be universally condemned today, even by the most adherent of Christians.
Glad to see actual experts speaking out against the malignant misconceptions.

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