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I’m really interested in alternative family life styles, particularly when they are connected to religious beliefs.  I’ve been thinking a lot about polygamy of the type that is practiced by Fundamentalist Mormons.  I believe that it is none of the government’s business how consenting and informed adults structure their marriages.

Why are modern Christians so opposed to polygamist marriage?  (I just used “Christian” in a way that excludes FLDS members, but that’s a post for another day.)  Many of the important biblical patriarchs like Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and David practiced polygamy, and nowhere that I know of in the New Testament does the bible state that polygamy is a practice of the old covenant, but not of the new.  (I read the bible every day.  I’m kind of a Pharisee.)  For that matter, why are modern day Jewish people opposed to polygamy?

To clarify, I am not personally interested in practicing polygamy.   However, I’m deeply interested in the extent to which Protestants rely on extra-biblical tradition (rather than “sola scriptura”) when defining church doctrine. It seems to me that the Catholic church has a very coherent position opposing polygamy since they can call on Tradition with a capital “t” to justify their doctrine, but that people who believe that the bible is the literal and infallible word of God with nothing to add or subtract are standing on shakier ground when it comes to this issue.

Do you think polygamy should be legal?  Protestants, what are you basing your (presumed) opposition to polygamy on?*

*Yes, I ended that sentence in a preposition.  It’s okay – I’m a trained linguist.

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