Magazine article Free Inquiry

Eupraxophic Matrimony

Magazine article Free Inquiry

Eupraxophic Matrimony

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Love is a natural human emotion and ethical commitment. It is an emotionally driven and sometimes rationally guided behavior. It is not spirituality. It is not a supernatural phenomenon, a gift from heaven," or the mystical connivance of a cupidlike creature, striking women and men with arrows of irrational and blind passions or stirrings of foolishness.

The institution of marriage is a peculiar mixture of human contrivance and artifice, combined with a natural selective advantage upon those who are able and fortunate to cooperatively carry on life's struggles. The contrived human institution only seems universal and timeless, appearing in all human history and in all stages of social development. Its occasion has always brought Joy delight, and hope to the community of acquaintances, friends, and family of the newly married. The institution of marriage has nearly always brought strength and stability to the surrounding social structure.

But social institutions have always attempted to shape and mold the marriage institution to their own larger and selfish ends. Particularly offensive to eupraxophers has been the use of religious institutions in the name of the supernatural to control women's and men's natural human impulses, needs, and desires and to manipulate these into anti-human ends that are destructive to the needs of the married couple, to the marriage institution, and to society. Such damaging practices by institutions claiming a divine sanction must end.

Eupraxophers do not accept the belief that a good marriage is made in heaven, is a holy sacrament, or is in any way a knot supernaturally tied. We hold in contempt the notion that a sin against marriage is a sin against God. We contend that an offense against marriage is, instead, an offense against all humanity.

We heartily deny the notion that the woman is to "cleave" unto her husband and become his servant and helpmate. …

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