[quote=seek1st]My husband has done some extensive reading on the history of Christianity and recently read that the sacrament and ceremony for marriage as a sacrament was instituted at the Council of Trent in the 1500’s. Is that correct? If so, how did one get married before that time? Has marriage always been a sacrament?
is there further reading that we can do on this topic?
It’s possible your husband may be drawing the same faulty conclusion about the sacrament of matrimony that Protestants do when it comes to the canon of Scripture. They believe that since Trent made a definitive declaration on the canon, it follows that there was no recognized canon before that time. This, as we know is false reasoning, since it can be shown that that canon was set back in the 4th century, although there had been no “official” declaration made on it. Same with matrimony: the fact that Trent *defined * the sacrament does not imply it was not recognized before then.