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Christian views on marriage

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From the earliest days of the Christian faith, Christians have honored marriage as a divinely blessed, lifelong, monogamous union, historically limited to a man and a woman. According to the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, reflecting the traditional view, "Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God." However, while many Christians might agree with that basic statement, the terminology and theological views of marriage have varied through time in different countries, and among Christian denominations.

Many Protestants consider marriage to be a sacred institution or "holy ordinance" of God. Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians consider marriage a sacrament. However, there have been and are differing attitudes among denominations and individual Christians towards not only the concept of Christian marriage, but also concerning divorceremarriage, family authority (the "headship" of the husband), the legal status of married womenbirth controlmarriageable agecousin marriage, and same-sex marriage, among other topics, so that in the 21st century there cannot be said to be a single, uniform, worldwide view of marriage among Christians.

Christian teaching has never held that marriage is necessary for everyone; for many centuries in Western Europe, priestly or monastic celibacy was valued as highly as, if not higher than, marriage. Christians who did not marry or take holy orders were expected to refrain from all sexual activity.

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