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On Adulterous Marriages

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Saint Augustine of Hippo's exploration of the complexities of adulterous marriages is both thought-provoking and insightful. Through his religious perspective and theological teachings, he delves into the moral and ethical implications of infidelity within the sacred institution of marriage.

The author's deep understanding of human nature and sin is evident throughout the book, as he grapples with the consequences of betrayal and the destruction it can cause to individuals and families. Augustine's writing is both eloquent and persuasive, as he argues for the importance of fidelity and loyalty in marriage.

While some readers may find his strict moral views challenging, others will appreciate his emphasis on the sanctity of marriage and the need for repentance and forgiveness. Overall, On Adulterous Marriages is a compelling and thought-provoking read for anyone interested in the theological implications of infidelity within marriage.

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One named Pollentius having written to him upon the question of separation in case of adultery, engaged him to write the books "On Adulterous Marriages". Pollentius maintained that the wife who separated from her husband, upon account of adultery on his side, might marry again; and what St. Paul says to the contrary he interpreted of her who marries again for any other reason. St. Augustine maintains that this prohibition regards her who has left her husband for the cause of adultery. Pollentius maintained also, that married persons who were believers, could not leave the unbelieving party; and St. Augustine shews that St. Paul allows, though he does not advise it. We see at the beginning of the second book, that the eagerness with which St. Augustine's works were demanded, caused them to be published by those who lived with him, sometimes even without his knowledge. - Summary by Claude Fleury in The Ecclesiastical History


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