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Title: Revisiting the Marital Household as the 'Little Church'
Authors: Nassif, Bassam A. 
Keywords: Marriage
Family
Households
Christian Witness
Little Church
Askisis
Orthodox Church
Sacrament
Postmodernity
John Chrysostom
Clement of Alexandria
Issue Date: 2020
Part of: Teologie şi Viaţă
Volume: 96
Issue: 5-8
Start page: 57
End page: 71
Abstract: 
In the Orthodox Church, marriage is the mysterion of the Kingdom. However, the appearance of various family forms and the high rates of divorce cases among Christians today indicate that marital relationships have lost their Christian identity and purpose as “households of God” and “little churches”. Facing various legal, economic, social, cultural, and spiritual pressures, the sacred role of Christian married men and womenis to live up to their Christian calling. Knowing the family’s Christian identity and its characteristics as a little church and a household of Divine grace ought to guide the couples and clarify their marital outlook and purpose. Thus, this study examines first the Patristic vision of marriage and family as a “little church”, and then identifies seven essential characteristics of the Christian home, in order to guide the couple in bearing witness to the life in Christ in this postmodern age.
URI: https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/4961
DOI: 10.47433/tv.xcvin5-8.57
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Institute of Theology

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