Church has no religious influence on Aurelie

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In the name of the Merciful Allah,
Hi guys, could you please help me with this paragraph:" Aurelie's marriage, three weeks away, will take place in a church, but for reasons of convention, not faith. " Just because I'm getting married in a church, that doesn't mean my marriage is going to last any longer," she says, still breathless from a bout of sit-ups. "God? That's for the day of marriage."
Let me ask first about the Aurelie's first utterance, what I can get that making her marriage in a church is not the only cause to get it successful, do I get it wrong? Also, if you understand any thing about her question"God?", please tell me. And, thank you in advance.
 

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Aurelie, who seems to be a doubter about faith, does not believe that a marriage carried out in a church will last any longer or better than a marriage in a registry office. She will go with being married in church, but not because she believes in God.
 
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I'm always grateful for you, Anglika. I still don't understand the question: "God?":-? If you're concerned about the whole context, Aurelie was doing some exercises in front of the cathedral, where she would marry, I don't know why, probably to reduce her stress of this event. Besides, "That's for the day of marriage", as I guess, was said to express that going to church this day is for the day of marriage no more, do you agree?
 

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"God? That's for the day of the marriage."

"God?" is essentially a rhetorical question, and she is not seeking a direct answer to it.

To paraphrase = Religion so far as I am concerned can be reduced to the ritual of the marriage service.
So yes, your interpretation is right.

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Sorry, Anglika, my reply is late. This excerpt is from an article written for Newsweek magazin on the faith in Europe, several years ago.
To be sure I got you wright, this rhetorical question expresses how atheist she is,ok?
 
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You said she was exercising in front of the church. How did you come to that conclusion?

The sentences read like she was being interviewed - perhaps it was in a gym or exercise workout place.
 
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Right now I don't have the magazin. But tomorrow, by god willing, I'll write you the whole passage that relates to Aurelie.:cool:
 

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An atheist does not believe in any God. An agnostic has no feeling on that issue, one way or the other. This girl does believe in God.

She is just saying that on the day of her marriage, she will be married in a church, in front of God. But she is not sure how that will help her in the next days and years, after the marriage ceremony. She says that being married in the church is no guarantee that the marriage will last or be a good one.

Apparently, she lives in a country where she is allowed to make those decisions (who to marry and whether to marry in the church, and the role of religion in her future life)
 

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An atheist does not believe in any God. An agnostic has no feeling on that issue, one way or the other. This girl does believe in God.

She is just saying that on the day of her marriage, she will be married in a church, in front of God. But she is not sure how that will help her in the next days and years, after the marriage ceremony. She says that being married in the church is no guarantee that the marriage will last or be a good one.

Apparently, she lives in a country where she is allowed to make those decisions (who to marry and whether to marry in the church, and the role of religion in her future life)

Did you find the article?
 
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Outside the cathedral's carved doors, a crowd watches a bizarre rite of passage. To celebrate the final days of freedom before her wedding, Aurelie L, wearing aerobics gear, surrounded by cheering friends, armed with bowling pins, scuba flippers and weights, is exercising in front of Notr Dame. Aurelie's marriage, three weeks away, will take place in a church, but for reasons of convention, not faith. "Just because I'm getting married in a church, that doesn't mean my marriage is going to last any longer," she says, still breathless from a bout of sit-ups. "God? That's for the day of marriage."
This is the whole paragraph from the article I told you about, under
the title" Lost Faith", dated July 12, 1999.
By the way, I still don't know, what is the point of this rhetorical question: "God?"?
 
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By the way, I wonder about "small", the first word in the paragraph that follows Aurelie's paragraph. This is a quote from it: Small wonder that Father Claude- and his fellow clergymen across Europe- are worried. Judging by the stastistics of people at prayer, Europe is a post-cristian continent.
 

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Someone (probably the reporter) may have asked her, "What about God in your marriage or life?"

And she answered, "God? That's for the day of marriage."
 

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The aim of this story is to show how some people living in Europe are losing their religion. And how the clergy is concerned about it.

So the reporter interviews a young college girl and she is very flippant about God and what God/religion means to her, even on her wedding day.

This re-affirms the story's "slant" on the issue.

Please don't take things so literally. This girl may or may not be "typical" of Europeans.

The writer found a perfect sample of a youthful person who has no room for God in her life. She is ONE person, however :lol: One could argue that she is NOT typical of a modern European youth.
 
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Your reply about this question on god is so reasonable. Can you give another good guess about "small" in the second paragraph?
 
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I do not agree with Susie - the use of the phrase "for reasons of convention" indicates that there is a probable doubt as to Aurelie's faith.

"small wonder" = "Little wonder" - it is not surprising.
 

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"For reasons of convention" - those are the writer's words, his summary-take of the situation.

This does not sound like true investigative reporting, rather a story written to support a particular view.

IMHO, the reader should read it with a grain of salt.
 
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