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date: 24 July 2021

p. 707. From monk to family manlocked

p. 707. From monk to family manlocked

  • Scott H. Hendrix


The Reformation was borne out of the crucial disputes of the era. For reformers, the right of clergy to marry would avert the hypocrisy of sexual practices of clergy living under the vow of celibacy, and nothing in the scripture prevented it. They argued that God intended marriage to be a divine estate open to everyone. ‘From monk to family man’ charts Luther's contribution to allowing the marriage of clergy and his own marriage and views on the matter. He and his wife, Katharine, took marriage seriously. Luther named marriage as one of the genuine orders that God had established for humankind alongside government and the church.

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