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Old 09-19-2007, 12:25 AM   #1
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Okay, I feel so stupid

I'm reading The Scarlet Letter.

The man is referred to as Reverend Dimmesdale... and these guys are all Puritans, right?

And now, church officials are abstinent, but not all of them... so could this guy have sex?

He's a Puritan and he's referred to as a Reverend... could he have sex/get married?


I really know nothing about religious stuff
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:16 PM   #2
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Regarding the topic-titel I assume you really really really want to know so I'll give it a try:

For all I know, Roman Catholic-church officials are abstinent (i.e.: they live in celibacy), but Protestants are not.
Not quite sure about Anglicans though (can't find it anywhere either, at the moment).
Given the fact that Puritans are in a way Protestants, I would suppose that he would be allowed to get married and have sex.
Mind you: in that specific order and obviously only with means to reproduce.

If this isn't helping very much, I could always ask one of my friends who wrote an essay about Puritans some years back in high school.

If I may ask, why are you so desperate to know?
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Old 09-20-2007, 03:35 AM   #3
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You need to consider how clergy was expected to behave in the time and place depicted in the novel. If you are not sure, do a little bit of research (can't be hard, google the name of the book).

Also, look up the word 'hypocrisy'. That will help you with that book a lot.
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I also can't answer if the Puritans reverends were required to be celibate, but what it sure that Dimmesdale had sex with a married woman and commiting adultery would be a big sin anyway
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