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Sexuality & Family

The second pillar of a decent society is the institution of the family, which is built upon the comprehensive sexual union of man and woman. No other institution can top the family’s ability to transmit what is pivotal—character formation, values, virtues, and enduring love—to each new generation.

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Unless we ask the “what” and “why” in ethical debate, we aren’t doing ethics. Debating ethics requires intellectual conversion and thus a commitment to intelligible reality.
Artificial testosterone and estrogen use harms both individuals and society.
It would be wrong for the United States to engage at this time in an attack on Iran or to participate substantially in an Israeli action.
Recent attacks on marriage threaten not only a foundational public institution but the rule of law itself and the legitimacy of the judicial branch.
The law cannot be divorced from reality, from nature. The moment this happens, law becomes arbitrary, the whim of the ruling power: it becomes tyranny.
Many expect that the Supreme Court will soon overturn the traditional marriage laws remaining on the books in forty-three states, a prospect that would have been unthinkable only a decade or two ago. What happened?
The fundamental problem with the mandate is that it coerces some people into doing what they think is wrong, and this problem remains regardless of whether the coercion excuses the actions of the people being coerced.
Were the central task of government to be seen as that of aiding citizens in their own self-constitution, oriented towards real human goods including the good of religion, the HHS mandate would be seen for the unjust imposition it is.
If marriage is to be preserved in the present struggle, our task is to sort through the influential kinds of arguments about same-sex marriage and abortion that have been introduced by Justice Kennedy.
This week’s decision in the Prop 8 case is a desperate appeal to Justice Kennedy, and the latest assault of judicial supremacy.
Charles Murray argues we’ve come apart, but can therapeutic Deism and the sexual revolution put us back together?
The precepts of the natural law are obligatory not because they are commanded, but because they are necessary for our well-being. God’s revelation of these precepts is better understood as a divine reminding and authoritative inviting.
The conjugal conception of marriage is just and coherent; the same-sex marriage proponents’ conception of marriage is unjust and incoherent.
A eudaimonistic ethical theory can show, without appeal to God, that certain actions are always wrong.
In order to win, do Republicans really need to stop talking about abortion and marriage?
The construction of an ethical theory, as a general matter, inevitably implicates philosophical theology.
Martin Luther King, Jr., espoused a worldview repugnant to many of those who now claim his legacy.
Senior citizens are less likely to support same-sex marriage than younger Americans, but that does not mean that they are anti-gay.
Meet the academics who try to redefine pedophilia as “intergenerational intimacy.”
The absolute prohibition of intrinsically evil acts is the limit on one’s positive obligations.
Divine legislation functions to enforce moral absolutes, not to ground them.
If tradition is not a good reason to limit marriage to a man and a woman, it is also not a good reason to limit it to only two people.
If appeals to God get ruled out, either by disbelief in his existence or reluctance to rely upon it, then it isn’t possible to demonstrate that there are moral absolutes.

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