2021-11-27 Religion Today – Polygamy in the Old and New Testaments, in the LDS Faith in the 1800, and in Christianity Today
In this Religion Today episode, host Martin Tanner puts polygamy in perspective. At least 40 men in the Old Testament were polygamists, including Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Esau, David and Solomon. What is less known is that polygamy was practiced in Judaism into the third and fourth centuries AD, according to Josephus, St. Augustine, Justin and other reliable sources. Martin Luther stated he could find no Biblical prohibition of polygamy and he specifically authorized it a few times. Popes and other Christian leaders actually required it at times. Today, if a convert is already married to more than one wife, in the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist and other denominations, polygamy is allowed. But not in the LDS faith. Misconceptions about Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and polygamy are also dispelled.
Published: Saturday December 04, 2021