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Couples Viewing Marriage And Pregnancy Through The Lens Of The Sacred: A Descriptive Study

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This chapter explores several ways that faith can be experienced and expressed in family life, using a sample of married couples on the verge of giving birth to their first child. It highlights one constructsanctificationand suggests that it offers a promising starting point for advancing theory and research on the roles of religion and spirituality in family life. The chapter provides descriptive data on how common it is for married men and women to view their marriage and first pregnancy as being sanctified. It examines how such perceptions relate to three other ways that spiritually can be integrated with marriage or pregnancy, namely spiritual behavioral investment, spiritual emotions, and positive spiritual coping. The chapter demonstrates that linkages between perceived sanctification and these three spiritual constructs are not merely a reflection of global levels of religiousness, including the frequency of religious attendance and private prayer, and conservative views of the Bible.

Keywords: Bible; family life; marriage; pregnancy; sanctification; spiritual emotions



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