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Prophetic Expositions, vol. 2

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    III. ABOLITION OF THE MARRIAGE VOW

    “Intimately connected with these laws affecting religion, was that which reduced the union of marriage,-the most sacred engagement which human beings can form, and the permanence of which leads most strongly to the consolidation of society,-to the state of a mere civil contract of a transitory character, which any two persons might engage in, and cast loose at pleasure, when their taste was changed, or their appetite gratified. If fiends had set themselves to work to discover a mode of most effectually destroying whatever is venerable, graceful, or permanent in domestic life, and of obtaining at the same time an assurance that the mischief which it was their object to create should be perpetuated from one generation to another, they could not have invented a more effectual plan than the degradation of marriage into a state of mere occasional cohabitation, or licensed concubinage. Sophie Arnoult, an actress famous for the witty things she said, described the republican marriage as the sacrament of adultery.”PREX2 96.1

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