For it is in marriage—and marriage alone—that eros finds its consummation and discovers resources for its ongoing renewal. Eros can destabilize us and make us go topsy, but it also helps us see why marriage matters.
The more confident we are in our knowledge, the more willing we can be to hear challenges to it.
Suppose the challenges I have described are real and that there is lots of social and institutional pressure to change one’s views about human sexuality. In such an environment, those who have the clearheadedness to see the game afoot will almost invariably sound paranoid.
The central question facing our society is whether there can be mercy in the gay marriage debate.
Our culture is risking a new, unrelenting pursuit of justice far more “Puritanical” than the Puritans.
Our impulse to punish wrongdoings through shame is expanding in part because we lack shared authorities who can make justice public for us — and because so much more of our lives can become public. We are all judge and jury now.
If culture is in a decline, repeatedly reminding the world of the fact did nothing to reverse it.
The church’s distinctiveness from the world is a byproduct; it comes from ordering ourselves toward the person and work of Jesus.
Having played the same song of decay so often, evangelical writers have a credibility gap with anyone who isn’t already convinced.
What Is Marriage? can be credited for reviving natural law arguments about the nature of marriage within the public square as well as the evangelical world.
The gay Christian might remind other Christians of certain aspects or possibilities of non-sexual relationships that we may be prone to forget otherwise.
The language of prudence has an archaic, outmoded quality that reminds us more of Puritan naming practices than a virtue that is indispensable for our lives together.
Christians shouldn’t assume that the ‘journey’ on sexual ethics only goes from orthodoxy to progressivism.
Whatever theological claim we might make about death, many of us are gripped by an inescapable instinct that it poses a challenge to us, that it raises a question about the meaning of our lives to which we must provide an answer.
What should we make of the idea of ‘covenented friendships’?
The book is written for those for whom “simplistic, black and white answers on these questions will not suffice.”