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May 18, 2004



I'd be willing to quibble over how long one should be espoused before one can be said to know one's spouse's "spiritual nature" and consequently be free to expose one's purely physical flesh.

In historic tradition, marriages between people barely acquainted, or even complete strangers, was the norm rather than the exception, but I doubt that most people would have accepted putting off the carnal aspect of the wedding night for a few months while the new couple explored one another's spirituality.

In fact, as I recall, "proof" that a marriage had been consummated was often required after the first night of marriage.

Aside from that, I applaud the lofty spirit of the commentary, if nothing else. I don't disagree that getting to know someone (spiritually or otherwise) "first" is admirable.

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