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Document Details :
Title: INTAMS Summer Course 2000
Subtitle: 'Lifelong Commitment in Fragmented Times? - The Actual State of Marriage in Western Societies'
Author(s): DICKMANN, Ulrich
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 7 Issue: 1 Date: 2001
Last year INTAMS held its first Summer Course for Postgraduates. The subject was chosen to open up reflection on the changes which marriage as a form of lasting shared coexistence of man and woman is undergoing in the so-called postmodern era, when the quest for wholeness and intimacy in married togetherness is accompanied by concrete experiences of breakup and failure. Not least because of the increasing differentiation of the professional and the private arenas, there is a growing fragmentation of the identities both of individuals and of couples. How does this development affect an institution whose very foundation is lasting faithfulness and which is bound up with the hope of achieving personal development in company with the other? Where are we to look for a positive influence of these recent challenges on a contemporary Christian understanding of marriage and marital spirituality?