ISBN 9789996066795
Pages 44
Dimensions 210x148mm
Published 2024
Publisher Luviri Press, Malawi
Format Paperback

For the Sake of Christian Marriage, Abolish Church Weddings

by Klaus Fiedler

Over the last decades, an ever-growing gap has developed between traditional marriage and the officiation of it as a church wedding, because of the expenses involved in a "proper" church wedding. These are not demanded by the churches, but by common social expectations. Irrespective of whether a church sees marriage as a sacrament or as a civil order, much emphasis is put on it, by the churches and by society. Many churches exclude those "not properly married" from the sacraments. But why should the churches put so much emphasis on their church wed-dings, a ritual not found in the New Testament, and which came into the church only almost a thousand years later?

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About the Author

Klaus Fiedler

Klaus Fiedler is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies at Mzuzu University. He specializes in Church History and Missiology. He started publishing as the editor of the Kachere Series, the leading academic publisher in Malawi. He is now in charge of Mzuni Press based in Mzuzu.