The Essence of Marriage

by Ádám Rixer

What-Is-MarriageWhat is Marriage? is not a book written primarily to prevent certain types of people from marrying, but rather to shed light on the nature of the institution of marriage. According to the authors, there are two fundamentally different interpretations of marriage, the conjugal view and the revisionist view. The conjugal view presupposes a physical, spiritual and emotional union between a man and a woman, encompassing all essential aspects of their existence, through an exclusive life-long commitment. The revisionist view believes married partners primarily seek emotional fulfillment, and that marriages last only as long as they are emotionally satisfying. In this model, fidelity and sexual commitment last only as long as the “romantic” connection. The revisionist view is therefore held not only by those who support same sex marriage, but also by many who believe marriage should be between a man and a woman. According to the authors this situation makes the defense of traditional marriage necessary.

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