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THE IMPEDIMENTS WHICH PRECLUDE AND VITIATE THE CONTRACT

OF MARRIAGE;

THE RECIPROCAL DUTIES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES;

THE SINFUL AND CRIMINAL CHARACTER OF ADULTERY;

AND

THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH EMBARRASS THE PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE

OF DIVORCE:

WITH AN APPENDIX,

CONTAINING AN ESSAY ON THE HELLENISTIC AND ECCLESIASTICAL MEANING

OF THE WORD TIOPNEIA, ORDINARILY TRANSLATED FORNICATION.

Συζυγιης αλυτοιο συνωριδα διζυγα. Νonnus.

Sed prudentissima proculdubio est libertatis divortiorum coercitio, sive libidinis ansas evitandas, sive successiones, sive publicam aliter pacem atque pietatem spectes. Selden, Ur. Ebr. 1. iii. c. 34.

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BY
HECTOR DAVIES MORGAN, M. A.

OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD;
MINISTER OF CASTLE HEDINGHAM, ESSEX ; PREBENDARY OF BRECON; AND

CHAPLAIN TO THE RIGHT HON. LORD KENYON.

- VOL. II.

OXFORD,

PRINTED BY W. BAXTER,
FOR J. PARKER: AND C. AND J, RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND
WATERLOO PLACE; AND J. HATCHARD, PICCADILLY, LONDON.

God.

SYNOPSIS OF VOLUME II.

CHAPTER VI.

THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH EMBARRASS THE PRINCIPLE AND

PRACTICE OF DIVORCE.

SECTION I. The right of Divorce assumed arbitrarily and without

authority. Fluctuations of human legislation on the subject of divorce. Perpetuity of marriage asserted in the Scriptures, and supported on reasons worthy of the divine beneyolence. Divorce not the necessary effect, nor the penal consequence, of adultery. Divorce not conceded but assumed under circumstances of impenetrable obscurity; regulated by Deut. xxiv. 1-4. Restrictions added by the Jews in the interpretation of that law concerning the occasions and forms of divorce. Divorces among the Greeks and Romans.

Abuses and unhappy effects of the Roman law.

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SECTION II. Restrictions involved in the received interpretation of the

Doctrine of Divorce for Adultery. The Jewish law of divorce not approved by our Lord. Cases of illegitimate divorce proposed by our Lord. The clause of exception not to be understood where it is not expressed. Appropriated to one single case; and even in its extension to other cases producing only a permissive law of divorce. The clause restrictive in its terms. Interpreted in the sense of adultery, it implies clear proof of the offence, and integrity in the accusing party. Cause of divorce limited. Objection from 1 Cor. vii.

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