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My Goals In the Same-Sex “Marriage” Debate

My Goals In the Same-Sex “Marriage” Debate

I think I ought to be open about what I’m trying to accomplish in the same-sex “marriage” (SSM) debate. There are essentially three groups of people: those who are convinced SSM is wrong/impossible, those who think it is a great idea, and those who are potentially persuadable either way. For the first group, I hope to offer encouragement, and to equip them to be more effective in presenting their position, especially with the persuadable. See also below for a further…

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Same-Sex “Marriage” and the “Dogma” Fallacy

Same-Sex “Marriage” and the “Dogma” Fallacy

Commenter Fleegman has come to the conclusion that All I’m saying is – as you agreed – the primary motivation for Christians [to oppose SSM] is accepted Christian dogma on the subject. Since this is irrelevant as far as the law is concerned, you have to come up with secular reasons. There are at least four errors here related to “dogma:” An error concerning what dogma is An internal contradiction in Fleegman’s thinking A further misconception about Christian thinking Bigotry…

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Why the SSM Debate Is So Challenging: The Slogan Effect

Why the SSM Debate Is So Challenging: The Slogan Effect

I was at a meeting not long ago discussing what it would take for sanity to prevail on the question of same-sex “marriage.” I pointed out what I have also said here on this blog: what we face is not so much a successful set of arguments against real marriage. It’s more a case of successful branding. We will not really reclaim sensibility on this until we can carry bumper stickers saying (for example), “Marriage is a distinctive human good,”…

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Spoilsports: Rethinking the “Christmas Wars”

Spoilsports: Rethinking the “Christmas Wars”

We’re just two weeks from Christmas, and thankfully I’m hearing less about the so-called Christmas Wars this year. Not that there aren’t instances, like the banning of creches in Santa Monica, but there seem to be fewer of them. What I did hear a few days ago was a song from probably forty to fifty years ago, about Christmas being the best holiday of them all, better than Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July—and it brought…

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Engagement or Entrenchment? Blogging, Servanthood, and Strategy, Part Two

Engagement or Entrenchment? Blogging, Servanthood, and Strategy, Part Two

Please read this post carefully, as it signals changes that will affect everyone participating here. The final sentence is particularly important. There Has To Be a Better Way I wrote previously about major changes I would be making as a blogger around the New Year. The second is at least as significant as the first. I am going to take up a new approach to debate. Not only that, but I’m going to see if I can lead the Christian…

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Phil and Alex on “Marriage Equality”

Phil and Alex on “Marriage Equality”

Please meet my new friends Phil and Alex! Well, actually they’re a pair of made-up characters who like to debate each other. They’ll be visiting here from time to time, and photos of these two gentlemen will appear in the future, I assure you. Phil is a believer in Christ, and Alex likes to challenge him on his beliefs and principles. Alex: Hey, Phil, it’s good to see you. Always is–and I say that with all the generosity in my…

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“Reason and Compassion in the Marriage Debate | Public Discourse”

“Reason and Compassion in the Marriage Debate | Public Discourse”

When I wrote my review of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense I was at a loss for how to summarize its arguments in short form, so I took an alternate tack of discussing where the book fits into the current debate. What I was unable to do, R.J. Snell accomplished masterfully in his review at Public Discourse. His review begins, Discourse about marriage is often short on reason and compassion. Arguments and objections can be mercilessly logical,…

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Post-Comfortable Christianity

Post-Comfortable Christianity

My November Worldview and You column at BreakPoint: Post-Comfortable Christianity: We stand at a turning point. Some Christian thinkers have described this month’s elections as symbolizing America’s decisive turn into post-Christianity. Respectfully I disagree, though my assessment is no less somber…. I’m describing this new phenomenon as “post-comfortable Christianity.” I’ve tried to come up with another name for it with more zing; I’d be gratified, after all, if I could coin a new term that would catch on widely. I…

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