I’ve asked my wife about this, and frankly, this morning, I’m surprised I can still breathe, let a lone type. Obviously she isn’t concerned with being biblical or her mortal soul. The author notes the rising tide of polygamy, or as I say, the mainstreaming of it.
My guess is that the justification for polygamy will be that it cannot be deemed sinful on the basis of Scripture alone. The oft-heralded Protestant method for weighing the “Biblicality” of cultural trends is the belief in “sola Scriptura”–or, the Bible alone as the Christian’s sole authority. To the dismay of many Bible-only Christians, their very belief in “sola Scriptura” will be used against them in the defense of polygamy.
And the author goes on to quote Martin Luther,
I confess I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict the Scripture. If a man wishes to marry more than one wife he should be asked whether he is satisfied in his conscience that he may do so in accordance with the word of God. –De Wette, II, 459 (quoted in By ]]? p.101)
It was an early part of Christian Tradition, this monogamy thing, because like a lot of other things, the early Christian community inherited it from the Pharisees. Reading of the texts around this period, you’ll note that they were attacking polygamy.
So, is polygamy allowed by Scripture? (Boy, that just about sinks the Traditional Marriage bit, now doesn’t it?) And if so, who has prevented us from being ‘biblical’?
The Catholics, that’s who. Church Tradition. Ugh.