Final Exam Study Guide Core 263: Christian Marriage



Final Exam Study Guide Core 263-Christian Marriage


(Four of these questions will be on the exam.  You will be required to respond to three of them.)

  1. Catholic tradition teaches that the “glory of God is the human person fully alive.” In this essay discuss concepts and theories related to psychological, moral and spiritual maturity in terms of understanding whether or not a person is ready for marriage.  In your response you need to draw upon specific ideas reviewed in class.   Describe a person who is psychologically, morally, and spirituality ready to engage the vocation of Christian marriage. Provide a rationale for your claim.


  1. Compare and contrast Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Islamic understandings of marriage in terms of who is marriage for, what is marriage, why should people marry, how is marriage celebrated, and the teaching regarding divorce. (Your essay needs to contain explicit statements of comparison and contrast.)


  1. Roman Catholic tradition teaches that divorce and remarriage places a person in a situation of objective grave moral evil. In a well written essay:  1) discuss the rationale for this teaching; 2) contrast this perspective with the practice and teachings within Orthodox and Protestant Christianity; 3) present the debate within Catholicism today related to Eucharistic reception by divorced and remarried persons; 4) discuss the issues related to the following and formation of one’s conscience present here; and 5) conclude with your own position and argument for it on this contentious matter.


  1. Roman Catholic tradition argues that the commitment of marriage is meant to mirror the depths of God’s faithful love for his people. In a well written essay:  1) discuss Margaret Farley’s understanding of the nature and purpose of a commitment; 2) explain why Roman Catholic tradition teaches that a true marital bond is not formed between a couple when a person is not capable of making a commitment; 3) present the grounds under which a marriage can be said to not have existed even though public vows were exchanged; and 4) provide an argument in favor of or in disagreement with the statement:  “an annulment is simply a Catholic divorce.”


  1. Throughout the semester we have examined together Roman Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality.  One contemporary scholar argues that for Catholics “sex is meant to mean what marriage is meant to mean.”  Provide a four point argument that illustrates this perspective and then offer a two-point rationale in agreement with or in refutation of this statement.