Chapter

De Bono Coniugali

P. G. Walsh

in De bono coniugali and De sancta virginitate

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198269953
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601132 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269951.003.0001

Series: Oxford Early Christian Texts

De Bono Coniugali

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Marriage is the natural institution of society established for companionship and for the continuation of the human race. It must be lifelong, and the partners must show total fidelity to each other. Lustful behaviour in marriage is pardonable, as it safeguards against adultery and fornication. Marriage is good, but consecrated virginity is better. Christian marriage differs from secular marriage in embodying sacramentum, an oath of lifelong allegiance that symbolizes unity in the future Jerusalem. Thus, marriage is good because it incorporates the three goods of proles, fides, and sacramentum.

Keywords: adultery; companionship; continence; fidelity; fides; fornication; marriage; offspring; proles; sacramentum

Chapter.  26933 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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