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Sex and the Marriage Covenant - A Basis for Morality

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Sex and the Marriage Covenant

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John F. Kippley


The thesis of this book is that God intends that sexual intercourse should be at least implicitly a renewal of the marriage covenant. From this it follows that the marriage covenant provides the criterion to evaluate the morality of every sexual act. Thus the title, Sex and the Marriage Covenant, is an appropriate description of the book’s contents. Marriage comes into being by a couple unreservedly entering God's covenant of marriage; contraceptive intercourse contradicts the very essence of the marriage covenant. From these considerations, Kippley developed the covenant theology of sexuality described in this book.

“I should say that my wife and I, while still Protestants, found the first edition of this work to be so luminous and compelling as to help change our minds on the matter of contraception.”

—Scott Hahn, Author, Rome Sweet Home


"A veritable mine of information, Sex and the Marriage Covenant is must reading for anyone concerned with marriage, sexuality, and the family."


—William E. May, Author, Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family is Built


John F. Kippley has been active in the family planning movement since 1968 and co-authored The Art of Natural Family Planning with his wife, Sheila.


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This item received 5 stars overall. Understand the Divine Truths About Human Love

For those who like to get to the bottom line, let me tell you that Sex and the Marriage Covenant is an important book. In just over 400 pages, it gives perspective to God’s beautiful gift of human sexuality. And, in so doing, the book provides a critique of our society’s perversions and lays bare the lie of what is called "sexual freedom." It is worthy of a place on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to understand and teach "the divine truths about human love."

My wife and I teach marriage preparation and marriage enrichment courses in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is very gratifying to share with couples God’s plan for marriage and family. However, it is also troubling to see how few couples will accept the full truth about marriage as taught by the Church. There is perhaps no area where the secular culture has made greater inroads among baptized Catholics than in the area of sexuality. Many couples who still claim some connecti Full Review...

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