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5.0 out of 5 stars To be taken seriously, November 28, 2012
This review is from: What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense (Kindle Edition)
Whatever your view on same-sex marriage, a fundamental question must be asked in order to make that view reasonable: What is marriage, anyway? If marriage is merely a social construct, then it could easily be changed; if marriage is just a religious or historical heritage, then it would make sense to perhaps keep that heritage going in communities wishing to do so, but to allow others to define marriage as they wish.

But if marriage has an actual objective core, something human, then perhaps marriage cannot be revised without misconstruing the practice and causing harm.

In this rather fine little book, one marked by clarity, reasonable arguments, and a calm and kind tone--and let us all wish for more of that--the authors develop their earlier article of the same subject to explain (1) what marriage is, (2) how revisionists cannot explain what marriage is or provide any basis to disallow virtually any contracted relationship to be considered marriage, (3) why the substantial benefits of marriage for the common good provide the state a compelling reason to support marriage only as it has been traditionally understood, (4) the substantial harms caused to marriage, children, freedom of conscience, the economy, limited government, and justice by revising marriage, and (5) answer common objections to the traditional view.

The book also articulates a strong case for the equal dignity of all people, including a call to compassion and generosity in daily interactions and friendships with those who cannot enter into marriage.

But still, marriage has an objective core, and it cannot be altered. It just is what it is.

Proponents and opponents, all will find something serious in the text to consider. Highly recommended.
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Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Dec 15, 2012 6:03:26 PM PST
MarcoD says:
It already has been changed. Dont see the sky falling or society crumbling.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 7:40:40 AM PST
F. W. Burr says:
No. It hasn't been changed. You can call same sex unions whatever you want, "marriage," even. But everyone knows such unions are not real marriages.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 11:43:01 AM PST
MarcoD says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 5:52:39 AM PST
The disastrous consequences don't happen overnight, but they make a very good case for the likelihood that they will happen.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 5:24:57 PM PDT
Anyone getting married legally has a real marriage.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 5:30:18 PM PDT
"But still, marriage has an objective core, and it cannot be altered. It just is what it is."

The only objective core is that marriage is a legally binding contract. That contract can mean quite different things for the couples getting married. Unfortunately the Christian Right now wants to claim that their meaning is the only valid one.
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