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Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family

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How did a religion whose founding proponents advocated a shocking disregard of earthly ties come to extol the virtues of the "traditional" family? In this richly textured history of the relationship between Christianity and the family, Rosemary Radford Ruether traces the development of these centerpieces of modern life to reveal the misconceptions at the heart of the "fami ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 13th 2001 by Beacon Press
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A look at the family and the roles of women in it from ancient Jewish and Classical times, through early Christianity to today. The author shows that there was no archetypal "Christian" family structure that lasted through this period; indeed, the early Christians were more anti-family than anything else, it was centuries into the Christian era before marriage became a sacrament instead of a secular matter, and asceticism was more valued by the Church than marriage until the Reformation. She sho ...more
Nov 22, 2008 Tracy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians, mothers, wives
Shelves: christianity, history
This was absolutely an eye-opener. I'd previously read enough history to know that the conservative image of the homemaker wife/wage earner husband was a Victorian construct, but to see it traced from the foundations of Christianity was very interesting.
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