The Effects Of Polygamy On Children Of Polygamous Relationships, And A Lutheran 's View On The World

1745 Words Nov 16th, 2015 7 Pages
Polygamy is a prevalent topic of debate across the world, leading to disputes over laws and customs that have been honored for many years. A variety of cultures embrace polygamy, even require it- whereas others hold different opinions. Polygamy is “the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, especially wife, at one time.” (dictionary.com) Discussion of this supposedly religious practice has become more prevalent in past years, requiring people to be more informed about the issue and prepared to dispute it. Polygamy can be better understood by studying its history and origin, effects on children of polygamous relationships, and a Lutheran’s view on the subject.

Polygamy has had a messy history throughout human events. Accounts of polygamy date back to biblical times, when “Lamech married two women”. (the Holy Bible, Genesis 4:19) In more recent human history, struggles in Africa, Egypt, Iran, Libya, and many other countries have amplified the dispute over the practice of polygamy. The Koran, the holy book for those who practice Islam, states that “a man can have up to 4 wives, if he cares for each of them equally well” (independent.co.uk) This belief has led to the marriage of multiple women to the same man, for a variety of reasons. In the past, polygamy was practiced to produce more offspring, to keep the family line going, since so many children died at a young age due to a lack of advanced medicine. Polygamy was also viewed as a source of dignity, a…
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