The Reign of Christ. Book Two. Chapter Seventeen: Which Persons it Is Proper to Join in Matrimony

I myself am of the opinion that it is fitting for pious princes and governors of states, in defining the degrees of consanguinity and affinity pertinent to the association of marriage, to follow the laws of God and the examples of the holy patriarchs praised in Holy Scriptures, rather than what men have later invented and observed in this matter, especially since pious emperors also preferred in their laws to follow the divine arrangement rather than human judgment.

By Martin Bucer

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