Review: What You Need to Know About Marriage
by Gail Deibler Finke
Looking for quick answers to common questions about why redefining marriage is a bad idea in itself — aside from religious concerns?
Download a short e-book that covers the main issues in succinct, general terms.
What You Need to Know About Marriage: Questions & Answers Driving the Debate covers questions such as “Why shouldn’t everyone be able to marry the one they love?” and “Why doesn’t government just get out of the marriage business altogether?” as well as major topics such as, “What IS marriage?” and “Why does marriage matter to the government?”
Its attractive design and short length (13 pages) makes it easy to print off and share. (Paper copies are also available in packs of 20.) Until now, the best short guide to discussions about marriage has been Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue from Catholics for the Common Good and Stand With Children, available here. At about 70 pages, that handbook-sized publication is a place to go for strategies to make effective arguments for marriage.
Produced by The Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), the Family Research Council, and the National Organization for Marriage, the booklet is being promoted by the Manhattan Declaration and other organizations defending marriage.
Perhaps, like me, you once considered yourself fairly liberal, or still consider yourself fairly liberal on many issues, and find it odd to be downloading things from the sort of organizations you may have associated with “right wing” or “conservative” causes.
It is an odd sign of our times that the definition of marriage that has been common to all human beings throughout all of recorded history has been cast as a political issue at all, much less one of any particular ideology. It is a strange and disturbing sign of the state of Western culture that the essential nature of marriage and family should be seen as something that can be redefined at will and ought to be redefined if one has a big enough lobbying group.
As has happened many other times in history, political parties and ideologies cannot keep pace with cultural shifts and fads. The Catholic faith is always countercultural. It always recognizes objective truth. Catholics — and all Americans — owe it to themselves to look beyond labels and see who is speaking and writing the truth. If that means that a group (either “liberal” or “conservative”) you once looked at with suspicion, look again. Look for facts, not for labels.
The fact is that right now, the best materials on marriage are being produced by “conservative” organizations — largely because most “liberal” organizations are committed to inventing their own alternatives to marriage or to jettisoning marriage altogether. Not all materials on preserving marriage are good; this one is. Not all organizations committed to preserving marriage are compatible with Catholicism. Remember Paul’s advice to “Test everything; retain what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
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