Author: <span>John Witte</span>

Church, State & Marriage: Three Reformation Models (Witte, 2003)

Among the new discoveries of the past decade has been a whole series of sixteenth-century Protestant teachings on marriage that have had, and can have, an enduring influence on Western churches and states alike. It is now well understood that the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation was a watershed in the history of Western theology and the law of marriage—a moment and movement that gathered several streams of classical and Catholic legal ideas and institutions, remixed them and revised them in accordance with the new Protestant norms and forms of the day, and then redirected them in the governance and service of the Christian West.