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Allan Carlson

Five Rings & A Wedding: Marriage & The Concentric Communities That Surround It by Allan Carlson
Marriage is not a private act.  The couple's vows are made not only between themselves, but "with concentric rings of others, all of whom have a vested interest in the making and preservation of their marriage." These include: the parents and their unborn, the extended family, the neighborhood, the community of faith, and the nation.  Mar/Apr 2005 Theology Matters  p. 1