Engaging the Doctrine of Marriage

Human Marriage as the Image and Sacrament of the Marriage of God and Creation

By Matthew Levering

Engaging the Doctrine of Marriage

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  • Pages: 316
  • Publication Date: 8/12/2020
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Engaging the Doctrine of Marriage

Human Marriage as the Image and Sacrament of the Marriage of God and Creation

By Matthew Levering

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  • ISBN: 9781725251939
  • Pages: 316
  • Publication Date: 8/12/2020
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About-

This book is the next volume in Levering’s Engaging Doctrine series. The prior volume of the series examined the doctrine of creation. The present volume examines the purpose of creation: the marriage of God and humans. God created the cosmos for the purpose of the marriage of God and his people—and through his people, the marriage of God and the entire creation. Given that the central meaning or “prime analogate” of marriage is the marriage of God and humankind, the study of human marriage needs to be shaped by this eschatological goal and foregrounded as a dogmatic theme. After a first chapter defending and explaining the biblical witness to the marriage of God and his people, the book explores various themes: marriage as an image of God, original sin as the fall of the primordial marriage, the cross of Jesus Christ and marital self-sacrificial love, the procreative and unitive ends of marriage, marriage as a sacrament, and marriage’s importance for social justice and for the upbuilding of the kingdom of God. Along the way, the book provides an introduction to the key biblical, patristic, medieval, modern, and contemporary thinkers and controversies regarding the doctrine of marriage.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“This book, animated by a spirit of warmth, offers a vision of sacramental marriage that is both traditional and creative. Levering allows the beauty of the sacramental way of life to shine through the technical distinctions that have sometimes seemed to obscure it. This is a learned and inspiring book.”

—John Cavadini, University of Notre Dame



“Levering’s Engaging the Doctrine of Marriage provides a breath of fresh air on an issue around which swirls profound, large-scale confusion and disagreement, as the theological and secular literature will attest. Engaging an impressive array of authors that span the gamut of perspectives, Levering restores biblical sobriety and fidelity to a proper understanding of the meaning and purpose of marriage. A welcome read, a must read.”

—Paul Gondreau, Providence College



“All too often, theologies of marriage are biblically questionable, doctrinally thin, and overly focused on a handful of controversial moral issues. In this beautifully written and challenging study, Matthew Levering takes the theology of marriage to a whole new level by situating it within the context of the ultimate purpose for the cosmos: the ‘mystical marriage’ of God and creation. The end result is a book that weaves the biblical mystery of marriage into the nexus mysteriorum of the Trinity, creation, the fall, the cross, redemption, and even deification.”

—Brant Pitre, Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology

Contributors-

Matthew Levering

Bio(s)-

Matthew Levering holds the James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary. He is the author or co-author of thirty books, and the editor or co-editor of more than twenty. He co-edits two quarterly journals and is presently the President of the Academy of Catholic Theology. Recent publications include Engaging the Doctrine of Revelation, Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and Engaging the Doctrine of Creation.

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