A blog on views on marriage for religious leaders in various religions
Stephanie Salkay, Fall 2015
The file included contains the blog: https://marriageinreligion.wordpress.com/
This blog introduces and discusses various religions and their views on if their religious leaders can get married. These religions are: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. These religions have various reasoning for why they are not allowed to get married or why they do allow it. For example Buddhist monks and Christian priests can not get married because they take vows of chastity and celibacy when they are ordained. On the other hand, the other religions present allow marriages for their religious leaders and one in particular, Islam, even allows their Imams to have up to four wives, as long as they feel that they can perform all duties while being married to them. I found this to be a very interesting topic to research because of how little I knew about the religion's views on marriage.
Many of these religions have kept their views on "marriage" and the values associated with it. Many of the religions believe that marriage is a sacred blessing and that all people should be able to enjoy it, including the priests. They see these religious leaders as closer to them when they are married and have a family to look after. It is someone they can look up to, but at the same time realize that they are going through the same struggles as them. On the other hand, some of the religions see themselves as being "married" to God and see them not having a spouse as more time to get closer to God. No matter the view, each religion has been accurately described to include their beliefs and why, within this blog. I hope you enjoy it and feel that it has widened your understanding of various religions, as it has with me.