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There Are Two Marriages: A Manifesto on Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Tony Jones
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An essay by theologian Tony Jones on the nature of marriage in American society and the church. Jones argues that there are two marriages in America -- civil marriage and sacramental marriage -- and they serve two distinct functions in our lives. Thus, they should be separated.


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About the Author

Tony Jones (M.Div., Ph.D.) is a theologian, professor, and writer. Currently, he serves as theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, and teaches in the doctor of ministry program at Fuller Theologian Seminary. Tony has written ten books on Christian ministry, spirituality, prayer, and new church movements.

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  • File Size: 116 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Publisher: The JoPa Group (September 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005N8SXFI
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By Caryn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have carefully reviewed my copy of this book. It avoids all scripture references, and must - because this book is not about the Bible's view of marriage, but rather, this is really a great insight into why Dr. Jones divorced his first wife, and then married another woman.

Those who hold the Bible in esteem will not be impressed by Dr. Jones avoiding the scripture, "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." [I Tim 5:8].

In this essay (which Dr. Jones declares to be a 'Manifesto'), Dr. Jones urges clergy to perform only a 'sacramental' marriage, and to allow the state (perhaps years later) to perform a 'legal' marriage. Dr. Jones admits to the difficulties of his own divorce, and points out the loss of any state or federal marriage benefits during the sacramental marriage (by his own count, over 500 benefits) when he married his second wife. He implies that a person can also dedicate this 'denial of benefits' to any suffering people-group (such as he did dedicate to the gay community).

If you combine Dr. Jones statements with I Timothy 5:8, you end up with a book urging clergy to perform a 'marriage' that allows a believer to 'be worse than an unbeliever'. This is not the direction nor status desired by the gay believing community (of which I am aware).

Thus, in my opinion, Dr. Jones is urging 'church sanctioned pre-marital sex', and an easier divorce during this 'try before you buy' trial period.

Nonetheless, I do highly rate this book for anyone wishing to write a college/university paper on the creation of doctrines that sound good, yet pragmatically, deny the Bible's commands and guidance for marriages.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Theology for Every Affair March 26, 2015
By Tim
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In this blog post series cynically recycled into an ebook, Tony Jones provides readers with insights into just how far some people will go to justify their own behaviour. In a blog post about his second marriage ceremony, Jones explicitly links his second marriage, his legal and spiritual/sacramental marriage theology, and this ebook. One wonders what his first wife and kids think of all this.
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Here's the book that lays traditional marriage out there for all to understand even if they disagree. It will get you thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling May 4, 2013
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Probably the most insightful argument I've heard on this issue. I'm beginning to be convinced on this subject. Please consider these arguments.
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Tony Jones (M.Div., Ph.D.) is a theologian, professor, and writer. His most recent book is, DID GOD KILL JESUS? SEARCHING FOR LOVE IN HISTORY'S MOST FAMOUS EXECUTION. Currently, he serves as theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Tony has written a dozen books on Christian ministry, spirituality, prayer, and new church movements. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, kids, and dogs.

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