Tag: Same-sex marriage

What Will it Take for Presidential Candidates to Defend Marriage?

Today I am pleased to feature this essay from first-time Mere O contributor Josiah Peterson. The legal status of marriage was a hot button issue in the 2012 election cycle. Where has it gone in 2016?

/ November 3, 2016

More on Sex After Christianity

About a month ago I lit a bunch of stuff on fire and then grabbed some popcorn and set up a lawn chair to watch what would happen. The next day, even as the embers were still glowing a little, I...

/ September 1, 2016
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On David Gushee’s Dishonesty

Earlier this week David Gushee continued his sad decline with a cowardly piece for Religion News Service. It’s all par for the course for progressive evangelicals like Gushee, of course, which is why I’m generally not too bothered by what they say....

/ August 24, 2016
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Evangelicals are not modern gnostics. We’re materialists.

There’s a scene in HBO’s John Adams miniseries that remains one of the most succinct summaries of today’s defining cultural battle. The scene features the two guiding stars of the American founding, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The two friends are attending...

/ November 4, 2015

Mere Fidelity: After Obergefell

The usual crew expresses how grateful they are to have actual contact with Matthew Lee Anderson (who is off of Twitter, in case you hadn’t noticed). Then they get to the topic at hand: the Obergefell v. Hodges decision. Matt has previously...

/ August 4, 2015
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The Inevitability of Same-Sex Marriage

There can be no meaning apart from roots. –Walter Brueggemann For astute cultural observers, nothing about the recent SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage should be surprising. Though there was widespread popular opposition to redefining marriage as recently as 10 years ago...

/ July 2, 2015

Why I am Opposed to Gay Marriage

Preface “I will always love you.”

/ June 3, 2015

Naive Young Evangelicals and the Illiberal DNA of the Gay Rights Movement

Now that our “insane national freak-out” about Indiana’s religious liberty bill has subsided a little, it’s worth stepping back to reflect on what happened and what the drama might mean for religious conservatives.  Ross Douthat said nearly everything that needs...

/ April 8, 2015

Don’t Try the Same Marriage Debate Again

If at first you don’t succeed, you should change your approach. Despite how the Supreme Court rules on Windsor, marriage advocates have been losing cultural headway, particularly among “Millennials,” since 2004. While a legal fight defending religious freedom and liberty...

/ June 24, 2013

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