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date: 15 October 2019

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Luther moved from viewing marriage as a defence against lust to emphasizing more the blessing of the callings of husband and wife, difficult as they may be. His strong criticism of monasticism was related to his belief that celibacy, while a blessed state, was reserved for those few who had received it as God’s gift. He permitted divorce only in cases of impotence, adultery, desertion, and ‘irreconcilable differences’. Above, all the calling of family life was designed to bring children to life and educate them in the ways of the Lord. Luther used the examples of the patriarchs and matriarchs to demonstrate the blessings and trials of family life.

Keywords: family, marriage, children, parenting, divorce

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