Marriage and the Home

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MARRIAGE AND THE HOME

I. THE MATING INSTINCT

1. The sex urge is sufficient to bring men and women together for reproduction. (913.4) 82:1.1

2. Marriage is the ancestor of civilization’s most sublime institution—the home. (931.1) 84:0.1

3. The purpose of marriage is to insure racial survival—not just personal happiness. (765.6) 68:2.9

4. The evolution of marriage is the story of sex control by social, civil, and religious restrictions. (914.7) 82:2.1

5. Women’s low status during Old Testament times reflects the mores of the herdsmen. (934.1) 84:3.2

6. In primitive times marriage was the price of social distinction—a wife enhanced social standing. (915.7) 82:3.4

II. MARRIAGE A SOCIAL INSTITUTION

1. Man’s great danger is the unrestricted multiplication of inferior racial strains. (921.1) 82:6.11

2. The family is the master civilizer. (913.2) 82:0.2

3. Marriages are not made in heaven. (922.7) 83:1.4

4. Marriage is a social instiution embracing self-maintenance, self-perpetuation, and self-gratification. (931.3) 84:0.3

5. It was the factory, not religion, that emancipated woman. (937.1) 84:5.7

6. Woman has always been the standard-bearer—the spiritual leader. (938.8) 84:6.4

7. Marriage has always been closely linked with both property and religion. (917.4) 82:4.1

8. Marriage is a social program of antagonistic co-operation. (938.6) 84:6.2

III. TRUE MONOGAMY

1. There were four sorts of wives under polygamy:

  1. Legal wives.
  2. Wives of affection.
  3. Concubines.
  4. Slave wives. (926.3) 83:5.5

2. Monogamy has always been the idealistic goal of marriage, and it is the yardstick measuring the advance of civilization. (927.8) 83:6.7

3. Early woman was not a friend and lover—rather a servant and childbearer. (935.3) 84:4.3

4. It was a great advance when the wife could own property. (936.3) 84:4.10

5. But primitive women did not pity themselves. (936.4) 84:4.11

IV. FAMILY LIFE

1. Man did not intentionally seize woman’s rights—it was all an unconscious process. (937.1) 84:5.4

2. Will modern woman be worthy of her newly won dignity and equality? (937.1) 84:5.10

3. Divorce will persist as long as young people are not properly prepared for marriage. (929.2) 83:7.8

4. The family-council of the Andites would be helpful today. (941.10) 84:7.29

5. The differences between men and women persist throughout the ascendant career—even in the Corps of Finality. (939.1) 84:6.6

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