The Contribution of Christian Marriage to Western Civilisation


“Christianity has made a major contribution to the conception of marriage and family in Western Civilisation. This understanding is borne from Divine Revelation and the use of natural reason, and has forged societies which enable people to truly flourish as human beings. To abandon the Christian understanding can set marriages and families adrift, and the ones who suffer most will be the next generation.”

In this presentation entitled “The Contribution of the Christian Conception of Marriage to Western Civilisation”, Archbishop Julian Porteous shows how the revolutionary conception of marriage in Christianity affected the Ancient West, and continues to be good for society today.


This presentation was part of The Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies’ 2015 Colloquium on the theme “Ideas Dangerous to Atheism”, hosted in Hobart, Australia.

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