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What is marriage? A lecture with Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George

When it comes to defending marriage, there are two ways to argue. My way is to argue using evidence that same-sex marriage harms society by harming children, by harming public health and safety and harming liberties, especially religious liberty. But there is another way to argue, a more philosophical way. And that’s the way that three scholars have argued in a new book called “What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense“.

Here are the authors:

Sherif Girgis is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Princeton University and a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Princeton, where he won prizes for best senior thesis in ethics and best thesis in philosophy, as well as the Dante Society of America’s national Dante Prize, he obtained a B.Phil. in moral, political, and legal philosophy from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Ryan T. Anderson is William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and the editor of Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute. A Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, he is a Ph.D. candidate in political philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked as assistant editor of First Things and was a Journalism Fellow of the Phil­lips Foundation. His writings have appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyFirst Things, the Weekly StandardNational Review, the New Atlantis, and the Claremont Review of Books.

Robert PGeorge is a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and McCormick Profes­sor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institu­tions at Princeton University. He is a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and previously served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presi­dential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is a recipient of the United States Presidential Citizens Medal and the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland.

And here is an academic publication that they wrote previously, which was the basis for the new book.

And here is a lecture they did explaining the book, in 3 parts.

Part 1 of 3:

Part 2 of 3:

Part 3 of 3:

This book is probably the most important book to come out in opposition to same-sex marriage so far, so it makes sense to watch the lecture and get an idea of how scholars at the very top of the academic tower make the case for natural marriage. If you leave marriage to the Comedy Channel leftists, you will never hear a real discussion of the issues.

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4 Responses

  1. Both arguments are good and needed.

  2. Christina says:

    I see a huge flaw with their arguments.

    Humanist Philosophy as pushed by the American Left has destroyed many of the premises such as marriage being for the procreation of children, and that a bodily union extends a friendship to something more.

    These premises are dismissed out of hand, regardless of evidence to the contrary.

    Of course I agree with everything they say and I love that they said it and how they support it, but the above needs to be addressed as well, aside from the homosexual marriage debate.

    We’ve been avoiding the consequences of Birth Control and Sexual Liberation for a long time – and the more I listen to arguments like this, the more I agree with catholics on the subject of Birth Control.

    In summary, our avoidance on the issues of birth control inside of marriages and sexual intimacy outside of marriage has set us up to be more accepting of homosexual marriage, because we no longer view marriage as pertaining to the procreation and rearing of children or the sexual union as being an extension of a lesser relationship into something more profound.

    • I think that birth control is fine for married people, for use in the marriage.

      But watch out because some studies show that there is a breast cancer link:

      http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/induced-abortions-drinking-and-use-of-contraceptives-all-increase-breast-cancer-risk/

      • Christina says:

        I’ve long not cared about birth control usage – it being a personal choice. It is only in the arguments and debates surrounding marriage that the tacit acceptance of it has caused unforeseen damage to our views of marriage.

        I’ve known of the breast cancer link to birth control usage for a long time. It’s prolonged usage is also linked to uterine and ovarian cancers. I find it odd that people don’t find that common sensical when the very idea of screwing with the natural and healthy order of hormonal production doesn’t sound like a good one to begin with. I mean these are the same people whining that excessive hormone dumping into our chicken, eggs, and milk cause cancer, so why think otherwise on birth control?

        I guess you might be able to tell that even though it is not part of my religious philosophy, I am not a user or fan of birth control =p

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