Religion: Is Leviticus Out of Date?

This year, after 385 years of thinking it over, the Church of England decided to do something about the Table. Every Anglican prayerbook contains the Table of Kindred and Affinity*−"Wherein whosoever are related are forbidden in Scripture and our laws to marry together." These mari, tal prohibitions (drawn up in 1560 by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker) were based mainly on the famed sexual rules & regulations of Leviticus XVIII. Specifically, the Table banned marriage with brothers-and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces-in-law.

Since Archbishop Parker's day, many a good churchman has complained that the...

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