30 August 2012

Marriage vows problematical

Marriage vows problematical, by Dorothy Lee (Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, 30 August 2012)

To replace ‘obey’ with ‘submit to’ in a proposed change to the wedding vows by a Sydney diocesan panel is to misunderstand the context of submission in the ancient world of the Bible, argues New Testament scholar Dorothy Lee. In a recent article in The Sydney Morning Herald (‘To love and to submit: a marriage made in 2012,’ 25/8), the liturgical panel of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney is reported as proposing a new form of the marriage vows that would ask brides to “honour and submit to” their husbands, “as the Church submits to Christ”.

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