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  1. rodneyathomasjr

    I know one African theologian who would definitely oppose polygamy. Clement of Alexandria!

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    1. Polycarp

      Indeed. Tertullian too, but I think if it was up to Tertullian, we would all be unmarried anyway.

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  2. Ethan

    God never prohibited polygamy. If he had wanted, he could have explicitly stated that it is wrong for a man to have more than one wife, yet he chose not to do so. For people today to treat polygamy as equivalent to homosexual marriage is wrong, because homosexuality is clearly spoken against in the Bible, while polygamy is not only allowed, but even commanded in certain circumstances, such as the levirate marriage law in the Old Testament, there being no exception for a brother who was already married, which would be very common in a society which valued marriage highly as did ancient Israel. I think Christians need to be tolerant of other cultures, especially when it involves something which is not morally repugnant according to Biblical morality.

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    1. Polycarp

      Ethan, toleration of other cultures is fine, and no one is really being intolerant here. Polygamy, smoking, drinking, tv, earrings, Star Trek, Buddhism, etc ad nauseum is clearly spoken against in the bible as well. If you really want to discuss this, then that is fine, however, if you want to assume that you are correct and wish to remain in that presupposition, I have little time to debate.

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      1. Do let me know which are the anti-Star Trek verses. I need to share them with my religion and sci-fi class!

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        1. Polycarp

          2nd Lucas 3.3, which sayeth in the original ‘Star Wars is better because it is more spiritual, not counting DS9 and Voyager.’

          Of course, if one does ‘exegesis’ properly, he or she could perhaps even twist that. :)

          BTW – I am a Trekker, not to be confused with Trekkie, forever. Although I suspect that because I know the difference….

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