In this collection of wedding sermons, Peter Leithart connects marriage with the doctrines of creation, salvation, sacraments, church, eschatology, and more.
At a time when the institution of marriage is failing in our culture, Christians are making a renewed commitment to discover the richness of biblical marriages as the foundation of society. Peter Leithart's sermons from many different perspectives form a loose, down-to-earth "systematic theology of marriage." The result is a series of enlightening and invigorating exhortations for Christian couples at any stage of their married life. "This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church" (Eph. 5:32).
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From the Book:
"The second cultural force that has undermined traditional marriage is the romantic conception of love.... The flaw in this romantic conception is subtle but deadly. The key shift can be neatly expressed as a grammatical one, a shift from the Christian confession that we love because we are first loved to the erotic faith in first love, or love at first sight; from the Christian confession that the God of love saves to the erotic faith that Love saves; from the Christian confession that God is love to the erotic faith that Love is god. The faith that self-transcendence and 'completion' come through erotic attachment to another human being is a species of idolatry. Marriages built on or infected with this vain hope are doomed, for what happens when the satisfaction is lacking, as it must be?" -From the Introduction
Peter Leithart (PhD, Cambridge) is President of Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of numerous books on theology and literature, including The Baptized Body, Against Christianity, Brightest Heaven of Invention, and Ascent to Love. He has also authored articles in journals such as Pro Ecclesia, Journal of Biblical Literature, Westminster Theological Journal, and First Things. Peter and his wife Noel have ten children and a fetching collection of grandchildren.
AUTHOR: Peter Leithart
PAGE COUNT: 112 pages
ISBN 10: 1591280370
PUB. DATE: December 21, 2006
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