Category: Marriage

Think Like Progressives: Marriage and the Pro-Life Movement

Faced with declining social and political support for traditional marriage, conservative evangelicals have started wrestling with the possibility that the time has come to let go of their opposition to gay marriage.  It’s forever-ago in internet time, but I was...

/ April 15, 2013

The Gay Marriage Debate: Tactical Withdrawal or a New Paradigm?

After two very lengthy overviews of the recent blogosphere debates on natural law and gay marriage (see here and here), I am at last going to offer some of my own thoughts and constructive proposals for the debate.  Of course,...

/ April 11, 2013

The Late Great Natural Law Debate: Synopses and Reflections, Pt. 2

Last week, I sought to offer an extended summary, with a few reflections of my own, on the barrage of posts and counter-posts prompted by David Bentley Hart’s “Is, Ought, and Nature’s Laws.”  Although Hart’s essay had addressed the problem...

/ April 5, 2013

What We Talk about When We Talk about Marriage: A Guest Post by Daniel Darling

This is a guest post by Daniel Darling, who is a pastor and author in the Chicago area. You can check out his blog here and follow him on Twitter.   So we are here at a place where gay marriage is becoming inevitable....

/ March 22, 2013

Why C.S. Lewis is Wrong on Marriage

You won’t find a more apt example of an excerpt that is contradictory to an author’s broader writings than this bit from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity: Before leaving the question of divorce, I should like to distinguish two things which...

/ October 9, 2012

Marriage & My Common Good

“The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity. But an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children literally alter the destiny of nations.” –G. K. Chesterton I’ve recently returned from celebrating my wife’s grandparent’s 6oth wedding anniversary. Their...

/ June 25, 2012

A Word of Caution on the Same-Sex Marriage Debates

Oliver O’Donovan: The old conservative aspiration to recover the jewel of minimal government out of the ashes of conflagration is delusive. A government will find agreement wherever it can, and will enforce it by all such measures as it can summon to...

/ June 21, 2012

Friendship and Publicly Disagreeing with the FRC: Updated–FRC Responds to Critics

We have heard much recently about the negative effects of partisanship on Christianity’s public witness.  And for good reason:  the partisan mind, the peculiar disposition to distrust another person’s arguments simply because of their source, is genuinely inhibitive of effective...

/ June 19, 2012

Homosexuality, Sojourners, and Me

Sojourners Magazine has a piece up today about the shifting attitudes toward homosexuality among many young evangelicals.  I sound the conservative note in the piece, though it comes out a bit warbled: Still, it seems that for the majority of...

/ June 13, 2012

What the Social Sciences Can (and Can’t) Tell us about Gay Unions

Mark Regnerus recently published a new study comparing children raised within traditional marriages with those who were not.  The study has generated a bit of discussion as people have attempted to sort out what it all might mean—or not mean—for...

/ June 12, 2012