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Virginity is for the good of the soul, marriage is for the good of the body
Tertulian, St Thomas Aquinas, and Ignatius are shooting the breeze at a family wedding.
You never know if the people you are sleeping with are your relatives or not. By staying chaste, at least we know that aren't committing incest.
You could be marrying a relative. By remaining chaste, at least I know I haven't slept with a family member
Inevitably, the boys start chatting about chastity versus marriage.
It is right for men and women who marry to be united with the bishop's approval. In that way their marriage will follow God's will and not the prompting of lust.
St Thomas shocks the bride by proclaiming that the bodily good of marriage is the increase of the human race. The preferable good of virginity is for the soul, and the thinking of things of God.
Tertulian takes it a step further and suggets that the bride may be committing incest by having sexual relations with her husband. The bride is furious.
Ignatius lessens the tension by adding his two cents into the pot. 1. Ignatius, Letter to Polycarp. Para. 5, p. 8.
In the end, the chastity trend was self-limiting and pro-creation won out.
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