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Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom Paperback – August 31, 2015
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—Dr. Rick Warren, Author of The Purpose Driven Life and Pastor of Saddleback Church
"We live at a privileged moment: a time for what Bonhoeffer called costly grace; a time for Christians to bear witness to the truth in the public square. Ryan Anderson has been doing this courageously for several years now. His new book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, is vital reading for anyone seeking to defend the goodness that remains in our nation, and our rights to live in accord with the truth."
—Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"It takes great courage and extraordinary eloquence to effectively defend the truth about marriage in the public square today, and Ryan Anderson has both. All Americans who are rightly concerned about the future of marriage and religious liberty are greatly indebted to him for this important book."
—Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik, Ph.D., Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University
"Ryan Anderson's presence among us at a time such as this—as evidenced most recently by this book—is nothing less than profoundly encouraging and inspiring to all of us who know that our dear country has lost its way. If we can find a path out of our current Slough of Despond, it will be in large part due to winsome heroes like him. Read this book."
—Eric Metaxas, New York Times Bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
"Novelist Walker Percy said of the abortion rights movement a generation ago: 'You may get your way. But you're going to be told what you're doing.' And ever since Roe v Wade, prolifers have been telling abortionists that abortion stops a beating heart. When it comes to the question of marriage and family, Ryan Anderson is a Walker Percy for a new day. Anderson is the brightest intellectual star in the pro-marriage movement. He seeks to persuade and provoke with reason, logic, and honesty. This book will equip to bear witness to ancient convictions in a strange new world."
—Russell D. Moore, Ph.D., Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
—Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
"With the social and legal significance of marriage in debate as never before, and with religious freedom at risk of becoming a second-class right, Ryan Anderson's book could not be more timely. His well-documented analysis of the likely implications of redefining a basic social institution plus his sober forecast of coming inroads on freedom of conscience and religion should give pause to all but the most hardened ideologues. At the same time, his roadmap for fortifying the rights of conscience while rebuilding a culture of marriage will provide
encouragement to all who are concerned about America’s moral ecology.
—Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University
From the Author
Already we are seeing attacks on religious liberty--predicated on the bogus equation of opposition to same-sex marriage with racism--and modest efforts in Indiana and other states to protect believers' rights have met with hysterics from media and corporate elites. I tell the stories of innocent citizens who have been coerced and penalized by the government, and I offer a strategy to protect the natural right of religious liberty.
I also report on the latest research on same-sex parenting, filling it out with the testimony of children raised by gays and lesbians. I conclude with a comprehensive roadmap on how to rebuild a culture of marriage, with work to be done by everyone.
After hundreds of lectures at law schools and college campuses and dozens of TV interviews, I think I've written a must-read manual on where to go from here. There are reasonable and compelling arguments for the truth about marriage, but too many of our neighbors haven't heard them. Truth is never on "the wrong side of history," but we have to make the case. We will decide which side of history we are on.
Top Customer Reviews
Chapter 1: Men, Women and Children: The Truth About Marriage, lays out the basic natural law case for the traditional definition of marriage. As Anderson points out, everyone favors marriage equality. The real issue is the definition of marriage itself. The natural law tradition argues that men and women are different, that their sexual organs are natural ordered toward reproduction, and that the same act of reproduction is also unitive. All of this points to a relationship that is mutual, permanent, exclusive, ordered toward raising children. In short - the traditional view of marriage (the “conjugal view” as Anderson calls it). None of this argumentation is inherently religious, much less Catholic, as many of the trolls who claimed to be reviewing the book have argued. These arguments trace back to Aristotle, who was a pagan (in the best sense of that word!), and are shared by a broad cross-section of thinkers. If you have read Anderson’s previously co-authored work with Girgis and George (What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense) this is very familiar territory.
Chapter 2: The Consequences of Redefining Marriage, argues that once the definition of marriage is cut loose from the moorings of male/female sexual complementarity, marriage is reduced to nothing more than contract law.Read more ›
Now that I've finished reading it once, I plan to read it again while taking notes so I will be prepared for what I hope will be civil and thoughtful conversations with my friends and family members who think SSM is no big deal.
I'm thankful that there are people like Ryan Anderson who are willing to subjugate themselves to the intense, hateful criticism of the pro-gay marriage crowd, people who, at every turn, rather than engage in debate, resort to name-calling and personal attacks. This book is a thoughtful and persuasive analysis of the Supreme Court decision, as well as a defense of traditional marriage that any American would benefit from reading, wherever you stand on the issue of gay marriage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. I really got a deeper understanding of the LGBT, etc. agenda and the ground it let to future problems. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jose Alberto Nunez
As a gay man and ex-Catholic my family worries, terribly, about my eternal destiny and will often send me books and things to try and bring me around the other way. Read morePublished 15 days ago by N. Tucker
Five stars for clarity, documentation, and tone. The author is not a hater. Great defense of traditional marriage. Positive view of the future of this debate. Great read.Published 28 days ago by Matthew S. Smith
This writer simply tells you the facts and his take on them, and doesn't beat you over the head with political stuff. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve Austin
Best book on the logic side of marriage. No need to express your feelings about marriage. This book gives a perfect case for traditional marriage which holds our nation together.Published 2 months ago by MKT
What a courageous book, and what a brave man to write it. He has stood up for honesty, commonsense and the social good, opposing fashionable fallacies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lenore
There are too many politicians and others who do not understand what the "Free Exercise of Religion" clause means. Or if they do, they hold that it's irrelevant.Published 2 months ago by KhanBuryKhan