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Monogamy is a form ofmarriage in which an individual has only one spouse during their lifetime or at any one time serial monogamy as compared to polygamyor polyandryIn current usage monogamy often refers to having one sexual partnerirrespective of marriageor reproduction The term is also applied to the social behaviour of some animals referring to the state of having only one mateat any one time On my essay I will discuss the important of monogamyOur Sunday School teachers never had a lesson for us on The Multiple Wives of the Great Men of Faith but theyre clearly there for anyone to take up and read But of course that which is in the Bible is not necessarily biblical Robert Alter a leading scholar in the Jewish texts explains in TheArtof theBiblicalNarrativethat these instances are not in Scripture because God approves of them but rather to show us they are opposite of His ideal for us Monogamy isnt natural in the sense of what our inclinations move us toward It must be encouraged and enforced one way or anotherFor the Abrahamic faiths God gave us a moral structure for marriage and sexuality in Genesis 224 where the man shall leave all other relationship and allegiances even those as fundamental as ones very mother and father and cling solely to his wife For Christians Jesus affirms Gods original intention and instruction as he answers the Pharisees in Matthew 195Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to hiswife andthetwoshallbecomeonefleshNormative monogamy cultures enforcing coupled marriage through law and social mores provides dramatic and essential benefits for adults children and society They offer four main benefitsFirstlyand foremost these scholars explain that monogamous marriage reduces sexual competition among men reducing social violence and crime for many reasons Most basic is that marriage itself tends to reduce the likelihood of men being violent and committing crime reducing a mans overall criminal likelihood
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