4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2012
I purchased this book just a few weeks prior to president Obama's announcement in support of same-sex marriages. No matter your position on the issue this book is a must read in order to have a well rounded and comprehensive understanding of marriage in western civilization. It is packed full of information that details the multi-faceted nature of marriage, including social, spiritual, natural, and contractual perspectives. It also does a wonderful job of showing how major Christian traditions have approached marriage as well as post-enlightenment thinking. If you want to have an intelligent discussion on marriage that goes beyond sound bites and tweets then this is a must read. It is an historical approach and does not promote a position on things like same-sex marriage or any of the other issues so common under the topic of marriage. What it will do is give you all the information you need to make an informed decision and be able to explain your decision clearly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
I had no idea about the history of marriage before I read this book. It's a fascinating insight into the different forms of Christian Western marriage and made the class I was taking fun (where I thought it was a dreary prospect). Would thoroughly recommend, even if just out of an interest. It's an incredibly accessible book for those from a non-religious background.