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"Every leader in America needs to read this book! It's by far the best summary of what's at stake, combining rigorous research, solid documentation, and brilliant analysis of the implications. Ryan Anderson has written a tour de force."
—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


"Ryan Anderson is our nation's most compelling and courageous defender of marriage as the union of husband and wife, and of the rights of people who share that belief to express and act on it in their civic, professional, religious, and personal lives. In Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom he charts the path forward for those of us who refuse to yield to the destruction of marriage and who will not be bullied into acquiescence or silence."
—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

I wrote this book for all Americans. For those who disagree with me, to at least understand my arguments. For those who agree, to better understand the nature of the debate and the reasons supporting the truth. For those undecided, to get one thoughtful take on what the future should hold.

I draw on the best of philosophy and social science to explain what marriage is, why it matters for public policy, and the consequences of its legal redefinition. 

I also explain why the Court's ruling is a significant setback for all Americans who believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, democratic self-government, and marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong: It should not have mandated all 50 states to redefine marriage. Its ruling is pure judicial activism.
 
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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621574512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621574514
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryan T. Anderson’s Truth Overruled is an excellent traditionalist response to the same sex marriage (SSM) issue. While Anderson does an great job explaining why the Court’s recent decision was deplorable, this book is not just a screed against the revisionist view of marriage. It also builds a positive case for the venerable natural law understanding of marriage, and it outlines some positive steps traditionalists can take to build a counter-counter-cultural movement.

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.
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This is the book I've been looking for. I told my Sunday School class after the SCOTUS ruling on SSM that we need to prepare ourselves to defend traditional marriage with those who do not accept the Bible as authoritative. Dr. Anderson's book takes such an approach. He brings in information from science, law, philosophy, psychology, and sociology to make the case for traditional marriage (one man, one woman, for life) and for intact biological families as the best environment for raising children. Other reviewers have summarized his work well, so I don't need to repeat that information here. However, I found his explanations of the SCOTUS ruling particularly helpful because they are written in a way that a lay person can understand. He clearly delineates the holes in the arguments of the justices who wrote the majority opinion, while also presenting the long term concerns of those who held the minority opinion -- concerns we should all share. I also found heartbreaking the stories of those people raised in SS households who oppose SSM. Their voices have been ignored, and many of them have been the target of intimidation to prevent them from speaking out.

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.
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While political maneuvering and judicial activism can achieve much in the short term, truth always wins out in the long term. Marriage always has been and always will be a covenant between one man and one woman as the basis for family and society. Ryan Anderson does a terrific job of exposing the lies of those who want to redefine marriage as well as issues an excellent call to those who would stand on the side of truth to stand up and be heard through intelligent arguments, persistence, and modeling. Read this book if you want to help our wounded nation!
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Truthful, intelligent, well written. A cogent defense of traditional marriage. You be your own judge. Don't just take my word for it. Read the book. You will not be disappointed.
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Fantastic. Thank you. I am inspired.
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Ryan T. Anderson has given us a great gift in Truth Overruled. It is a civil roadmap forward. There have been many casualties of the sexual revolution and changing laws would only have this continue. Ryan didn't invent the way to something better, but he maps it out for our current moment clearly, accessibly, and with hope and charity. Consider giving it a read.
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I bought this book after hearing about the anti-Ryan Anderson campaign and all the one star reviews on Amazon. Interestingly, most of the 1 star reviews appear to have been spawned by the same sort of bigotry and hatred for which Ryan Anderson stands accused.

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.
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Excellent. Truth-tellers are never embraced by a culture that denies truth. Expect Anderson to be opposed vehemently.
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