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Title: People's Belief about Love, Sexual Relationships and the Marriage Bond
Subtitle: An Empirical Study from the Netherlands
Author(s): ROBINSON, Remco
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 20 Issue: 2 Date: 2014
In this paper the author presents his findings about the relation between people’s beliefs about love, sexual relationships and the marriage bond. In 2005 he collected data among Dutch catholic marital couples and their wedding guests by distributing surveys including questions about love, sexual relationships and the marriage bond. By collecting data among Catholic marital couples and their wedding guests, the author was able to find data specifically from a lay perspective. In addition, two of the wedding guests were actively involved in a church and two of them were not, allowing for a comparison between church affiliated and non-church affiliated persons. The author reports on people’s opinions about four types of love: charity, desire, friendship and care. In addition, he shows to what extent people condoned sexual relationships outside marriage and within same-sex relationships. Third, an account is given on the way people see the marriage bond: as a civil, a personal, a religious or a social bond and whether they accept alternative forms of cohabitation. Finally, the author shows to what extent these opinions are connected to each other, allowing for a limited typology.