The Myth About Marriage

Wedding At CanaVery interesting perspective from Garry Wills in the New York Review of Books given the current media circus regarding President Obama’s personal support of same-sex marriage:

Why do some people who would recognize gay civil unions oppose gay marriage? Certain religious groups want to deny gays the sacredeness of what they take to be a sacrament. But marriage is no sacrament.

Some of my fellow Catholics even think that “true marriage” was instituted by Christ. It wasn’t. Marriage is prescribed in Eden by YHWH (Yahweh) at Genesis 2.24: man and wife shall “become one flesh.” When Jesus is asked about marriage, he simply quotes that passage from Genesis (Mark 10.8). He nowhere claims to be laying a new foundation for a “Christian marriage” to replace the Yahwist institution.

Some try to make the wedding at Cana (John 1.1–11) somehow sacramental because Jesus worked his first miracle there. But that was clearly a Jewish wedding, like any other Jesus might have attended, and the miracle, by its superabundance of wine, is meant to show the disciples that the Messianic time has come. The great Johannine scholar Father Raymond Brown emphasizes this, and concludes of the passage: “Neither the external nor the internal evidence for a symbolic reference to matrimony is strong. The wedding is only the backdrop and occasion for the story, and the joining of the man and woman does not have any direct role in the narrative.”…

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7 Comments on "The Myth About Marriage"

  1. discusthrower | May 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm |

     how can we as a society broach the fouled marketing practices of civilization?  Misinformation has even hijacked the definitions of words, subverting the term “anti-social” to mean quiet, or the term “confidence” to mean pretending something that isn’t true. . .

    As we struggle to make our way in the world we follow the examples of one another, and the examples of our leaders.  I would not be surprised if  we turned to raising people for meat…

    • moongrim69 | May 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm |

      We already do.

      Many cetaceans have a larger brain to body mass than do humans, and Japan ….

  2. who cares what a fictional book written by ancient man says… and there is no anecdotal or scientific proof that jesus even existed

  3. This doesn’t even dispel the alleged myth of marriage as the article claims.  And to say there is no proof that Jesus existed is to say there is no proof the Civil War happened.   There is PLENTY of evidence for both; one only needs to look.

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