Marriage and sexuality in the light of the eschaton : A dialogue between orthodox and reformed theology

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Manoussakis, John Panteleimon. (2016). Marriage and sexuality in the light of the eschaton : A dialogue between orthodox and reformed theology. Religions. 7(7), p. Article 89.
AuthorsManoussakis, John Panteleimon

This article proposes a re-examination of the institution of marriage in light of the eschatology of the Eastern Church and the theological discourse on the topic developed by three thinkers of the Reformed tradition, namely Kierkegaard, Barth, and Bonhoeffer. In doing so, I take into consideration the relationship of marriage with: (1) sacramental theology; (2) philosophical anthropology; (3) politics; and (4) the question of human sexuality. Such a re-examination of marriage has been made highly urgent and relevant today in the wake of the recent debate on same-sex marriage. This fourfold examination illustrates marriage’s ambivalent position within the Christian tradition insofar as, if taken as normative, marriage diminishes the subversive claim of Christian eschatology. Furthermore, Christian theology refuses marriage an absolute merit, by demanding that it is always qualified in relation to the Church’s eschatological vision.

Keywordsmarriage; marriage and eschatology; theology of sexuality; Orthodox theology; Søren Kierkegaard; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; John Zizioulas
Journal citation7 (7), p. Article 89
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI AG)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84983059174
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
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Page range1-13
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Output statusPublished
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Online11 Jul 2016
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Accepted04 Jul 2016
Deposited03 Sep 2021
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