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Marriage and the family

Changing attitudes to marriage and family life

Most people have sex before they are married
It is much more acceptable for couples to live together before marrying (cohabit)
The average age for marriage has increased (31 for man and 29 for women)
Fewer people…

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Christianity teaches that sex was given to humans by God for the procreation of children and
children should be brought up in a Christian family so sex should only take place within a
The Bible says pre-marital sex and promiscuity is sinful.
Adultery is also condemned in…

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Most Muslims

Divorce should be allowed if the marriage isn't working.
The contract of the marriage has clauses about what would happen if the couple divorce for
example the husband must give his wife the money he put in trust for her ­ the mahr.
Muslims must choose…

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Believe Christians should be open and honest and refusing rights to gay Christians
encourages them to be dishonest and hypocritical about their nature and life.

Muslim attitudes to homosexuality


Condemned by the Qur'an.
Prophet Muhammad condemned it in several hadiths.
Islam teaches the primary aim of sex…

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Believe that it is permitted for Muslims to use contraception to limit family size and to
prevent harm to health of the mother.
Several hadith which record that the Prophet permitted the use of coitus interruptus.
If pregnancy is likely to result in the mother's death contraception and…


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