Divorce and Remarriage
118 Pages
English

Divorce and Remarriage

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118 Pages
English

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This volume examines the various theological aspects of divorce and remarriage--historical, contemporary, exegetical, and practical--recognizing that all are subject to the teaching of Scripture. This is done in such a way that readers may follow the author's thinking and so form their own practical theology of this difficult ethical issue.

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Published 15 April 2008
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EAN13 9781725244146
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Divorce and Remarriage A Primer for Christians
Divorce and Remarriage A Primer for Christians
David L. Smith
WIPF and STOCK Publishers Eugene, Oregon
DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE: A PRIMER FOR CHRISTIANS
Copyright © 2008 David L. Smith. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in critical publications or reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission from the publisher. Write: Permissions, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401.
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To Gail My beloved wife, friend, and soul-mate For forty-three years
Preface Introduction
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
CONTENTS
A History of Divorce and Remarriage
Divorce and Remarriage Today
Marriage in the Biblical Teaching
Divorce and Remarriage in Biblical Teaching
Moral Aspects of Divorce and Remarriage
Practical Implications
Excursus: Clergy Divorce
Select Name and Subject Index
Index of Scriptures
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PREFACE
This book is very near and dear to my heart. It comes out of my personal experience as a pastor in dealing with the subject of divorce, particularly in regard to the marriage of a single person to a divorced person or of two divorced persons. As a young pastor, I found that the easiest way to deal with the divorce problem was to ignore it. When a couple came to me seeking marriage, I would ask, “Have you ever been married before?” If the answer from either was positive, I would refuse to marry them, usually telling them, “There’s a pastor about three miles down the road. He will marry anybody!” Divorce was wrong; my mind was made up; don’t attempt to confuse me with exceptions. Then I was called to a larger church where several of the leading people were divorced and remarried. They were fine Christians, and it was obvious to me that God was using them in a wonderful way to achieve His Kingdom purposes. I began to realize that it was time for me to rethink my position and examine more closely what the Bible said about divorce and remarriage. My search took me to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where I did a Ph.D. in New Testament Theology (with minor areas in Old Testament Theology, Old Testament Literature, and New Testament Interpretation). My dissertation topic was “A Theology of Divorce and Remarriage.” God also led me during those years to pastor a small Southern Baptist church where many of the people had been divorced and remarried or who had married a divorced person. What a learning experience! This book is based on the results of my dissertation research. But I have attempted to update the material and delete much of the academic language to make it more “user friendly.” For those, however, who wish to delve into the material in a more scholarly fashion, there is considerable discussion of varying viewpoints contained in the notes with each chapter. In fact, the material is arranged so that individuals who wish to construct their own theology of divorce may work through it in a systematic manner and arrive at their own conclusions. If this work proves helpful to pastors and lay people as they struggle with this painful problem, it will have achieved its purposes. David L. Smith Waterloo, Ontario April 2008
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