16 thoughts on “Traditional marriage it gonna be, any takers?

  1. this is always a good one. We never hear about Christians trying to enforce and “protect” all of these types of “biblical” marriage. They do have to do so much cherry picking, it’s a wonder they aren’t all tuckered out. 🙂

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  2. john zande says:

    This is superb!

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  3. Mordanicus says:

    Modern monogamous marriage as we have in the Western world was invented by the pagan Romans, thereafter it was stolen by the catholic church and rebranded as “christian”.

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    • When people say “pagan” Romans, it always weirds me out. Sure, they were pagan. They were also pretty darn civilized, compared to much of the world. Okay, so they were a little light in the Human Rights department, but they also had poetry, politics, and philosophy.

      I recommend against using Christian biases about ancient paganism to berate them on their hypocrisy. That’s like ID supporters trying to use science to disprove evolutionary theory. Even when you win, you lose.

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      • makagutu says:

        Pagan they were, civilised certainly yes and I agree with you but I need help with

        I recommend against using Christian biases about ancient paganism to berate them on their hypocrisy. That’s like ID supporters trying to use science to disprove evolutionary theory

        I’m not sure I understand.

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        • Usually in Western Culture people use “pagan” as a slur to mean “uncivilized” (which we often also use as a slur). Using “pagan” to slur the Christians is easy, but often based on misunderstandings of the pagans passed to us by Christianity.

          If we “win” the argument by accepting their underlying assumptions about the world (Christians > everyone else, in this case), then we still lose. Instead, we can point out that “traditional marriage” is not actually all that traditional.

          (I discuss that last point in my blog post here: http://wp.me/p2NSMS-bu)

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      • Mordanicus says:

        My point is that christians tend to believe that all good stuff has been their idea, whilst almost any part of their religion has been stolen of other religions/cultures.

        Further I don’t consider pagan as a bad word, christians do.

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  4. emmylgant says:

    Ohhh! I am standing, jumping up and down and clapping with delight! Wonderful!

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  5. nannus says:

    There are more models, for example in parts of Tibet there is polyandry: One woman marries several brothers. Then there is celibacy (one man has no woman officialy but might have one or several secretly)… Since our behavior is to a large extend culturally determined, not determined by our genes, there are many possibilities.

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    • makagutu says:

      Last I read about a group in India where they don’t actually get married. The woman gets a man for the purposes of copulation, once she conceives she has no further use of the man though it is a very small community and I get the reference now.
      There are many possibilities I agree

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  6. Usually I like to see variety, but for some reason, none of these suggestions appeals to me. 🙂

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