[quote="ConstantineTG, post:3, topic:303940"]
Read a book. A great one is Fr. John Meyendorff's "Marriage, an Orthodox perspective".
My explanation will do the Orthodox theology on Marriage no justice. But treat is as a summary. Basically, the Orthodox treat all divorce as a sin. The ideal is once you divorce, you repent, and you do not remarry. If the person who divorces cannot "keep it in his/her pants", so to speak, they will out of economy be allowed to remarry. Better to have someone in a second marriage and commit to that second marriage and be in the Church and continue to live a Christian life, than deny them remarriage and have them fall out of the faith and be on the wrong path. Also, death of a spouse does not end the marriage of the one on earth. If they marry again, that is still a remarriage.
I do agree with this approach. How many Catholics divorce and end up leaving the Church? Better to find a way to get them to stay within the guidance of the Church and work on their weaknesses and get them back on the path. I also agree that this is a case-to-case basis, not a general rule, which is what the Orthodox Church do.
I also agree with this approach. As St. Paul himself wrote: If you marry, however, you do not sin, nor does an unmarried woman sin if she marries (1 Cor. 7:28) and also, If anyone thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, and if a critical moment has come and so it has to be, let him do as he wishes. He is committing no sin; let them get married (1 Cor. 7:36). That is the point of the Orthodox Church on why it allows remarriage to divorced people. So it is better to let divorced people to remarry rather than cohabiting together, which is even a greater sin and is actual adultery. What the Orthodox Church then is saying is this: divorce is still wrong and is not condoned, but if one were to divorce and seek for a partner, then better to get married than live in great sin by cohabiting. That is why the ceremony for a second marriage has less and for a third marriage, certainly no crowning. It is the Orthodox Church's way of looking down on divorce and remarriage, done tactfully.
How does this notion of no remarriage allowed after the death of the spouse square with 1 Corinthians 7:39
Continue on to verse 40: She is more blessed, though, in my opinion, if she remains as she is (1 Cor. 7:40)