Serial Polygamy

Thought this was insightful for people of Western culture. Divorce and remarriage have become normalized, but how do they affect families who have to experience them versus households that may have multiple spouses and children and they’re all taken care of? It’s important to analyze our own cultural decisions and observe other cultural practices in light of Scripture. In judging too quickly, we might miss something.

The Patriarchs' Journal

In some societies a man may marry several wives. Western society allows this in a different way, in what is sometimes called “serial polygamy” – a man may marry several wives so long as he legally divorces the current one before marrying the next.

Arguably, the “Christian” form of polygamy is a more primitive and callous arrangement for the man’s existing family than ordinary polygamy. In polygamous societies, the first wife and their children remain viable parts of a viable social entity… In serial polygamy the children are brought up in a broken home, the wife is discarded in a difficult social position.

Understanding Human Behavior
Human Relationships: Man & His Women, Vol. 4, p. 438

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