Introduction to In Defense of the Marital Family
“Introduction,” to In Defense of the Marital Family (Leiden: Brill, 2023), 1-5
4 Pages Posted: 31 May 2023
Date Written: 2023
This is the Introduction to a volume that combines Christian theology, Enlightenment liberal philosophy, and modern social science to defend the marital family as an essential institution for adults and children, straights and gays alike. This volume presents the marital family as an integrated sphere with natural, social, economic, communicative, contractual, and spiritual dimensions. I reject modern efforts to abolish the legal category of marriage or to reduce it to a transient and malleable sexual contract. While celebrating the sexual liberty of consensual adults, I call for stable marital families and responsible sex and parentage as the surest and safest path to private flourishing and social stability for all.
Keywords: Law, religion, law and religion, marriage, family, sex, parents, children, family law, sexual liberty, same sex marriage
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