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Marriage and the Family by Mind Map: Marriage and the Family
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Marriage and the Family


HOW have they changed

Most people now have sex before marriage

Couples now live together

Age for getting married has increased

Less marriages in church

Divorce more accepted

Single parent and extended families more common

More re-constituted families

More openly homosexual couples living together

WHY they have changed

Contraception readily available

People less religious

Celebs cohabit and having kids out of marriage

More sex on TV and in film. Sex more accepted.

Divorce easier

People don't marry for life

Women more independent (personally and financially)

More divorce = more re-marriage

Homosexuality more acceptable. Introduction of civil partnerships.

More gay celebs: Elton John, Stephen Fry etc etc


Christian attitudes

Sex outside marriage is wrong

Sex should take place between a married couple only

Main purpose of sex is the procreation of children

Bible bans pre-marital sex and adultery

Adultery is also one of the 10 commandments

SOME Christians allow sex between cohabiting couples who intend to marry

Jewish attitudes

Have the same attitudes as Christians PLUS:

Adultery is likely to harm the family. The family is very important in Judaism as it helps the continuation of the faith

Remember: Jews call the Bible the Torah


Christian Attitudes

Catholic Attitude, No divorce or re-marriage, Marriage is sacred to God, Divorce can be allowed if the children would be affected by the couple staying together, However, parents would still be married in the eyes of God, They have this attitude because..., Jesus said divorce is wrong in the Gospel of Mark, The couple make a covenant (agreement) in the eyes of God when marrying, The teaching of the church says that divorce is wrong, No remarriage in church because divorce is not allowed

Non-Catholic Attitude, Divorce is wrong BUT, allowed if the marriage has broken down, They believe this because...., Jesus said divorce was allowed in the Gospel of Matthew, Divorce is the 'lesser of two evils', Christians teach forgiveness and can have a new start if they are sorry, It is better for love to prevail rather than hatred (especially if children involved)

Jewish Attitudes

Some Jews, Divorce is wrong, Talmud teaches divorce is wrong, Divorce harms children and they are important to Judaism, Divorce causes harm to all involved

Many Orthodox Jews, Divorce is allowed BUT, Only a man can ask for a divorce, He must apply for a 'get' a certificate of divorce from the local Jewish council the 'Bet Din', Torah does allow divorce in certain circumstances (eg. Adultery)

Most Reform Jews, Divorce is allowed, Torah is not the direct word of God and should reflect modern attitudes, Men and women should have equal rights in divorce, People should (like some Christians) choose the 'lesser of two evils'


Christian attitudes

Family life is important to Christians

Christians should have children and bring them up in the Christian way

Family was created by God and is an important part of society

Christians should try to stay together and not divorce

Children are introduced to the faith in Christianity through Baptism etc

Jewish Attitudes

Family life is VERY important to Jews

Family was created by God and is an important part of society

Family is where children learn about right and wrong

Children are introduced to the faith in Judaism through Brit Milah (circumcision) etc

Judaism is passed on by birth and so the faith survives and grows by Jews having families

It is a religious duty for Jews to marry and have children


Christian Attitudes

Catholic Attitude, Being homosexual is not a sin BUT, Homosexual sexual relationships are a sin

Evangelical Attitude, Homosexuality is a sin

Liberal Attitude, Homosexuality is acceptable

Jewish Atttudes

Orthodox Attitude, Being homosexual is not a sin BUT, Homosexual sexual relationships are a sin

Liberal/Reform Attitude, Homosexuality is acceptable


Christian Attitudes

Catholic Attitude, Sex is a gift from God, Purpose of sex is a source of joy for married couples and the way of creating a family, Couples should decide on how many children to have, With this responsibilty comes natural family planning, Artificial contraception goes against God's intentions

Non-Catholic Attitude

Jewish Atttudes

Ultra Orthodox

Orthodox Attitude

Liberal/Reform Attitude