What Is Marriage?, by Sherif Girgis

by Orual

*I am a bit hesitant to post this because this is not a political blog, and this will be the second post in a row that may be construed as political. Rest assured it is not, and Dilatory Bibliophile will always be about books first.*

Today, SCOTUS ruled on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Clinton. I won’t go into the details, as they are readily available elsewhere. I only mention it because it renders this book even more timely than it was.

I will keep this short. If you are interested in a completely secular defense of marriage being the union of one man and one woman, then there is no better than this short book, What is Marriage? Man and Woman:  A Defense, by Sherif Girgis, Ryan Anderson, and Robert George.

Again, it is entirely secular. It argues from reason and philosophy, not religion. The book does not view homosexuality as immoral in any way. It simply argues that marriage is the “comprehensive union” of one man and one woman, and it is in society’s best interest to affirm that through the law.

If you are interested in this debate at all, you would do well to read this book, no matter what side you’re on. Be warned, though, that it is written to people who seek to base their opinions on sound reason and not emotional appeal.

And should any reader come along who has a recommendation of a similarly argued book from the opposite point of view (that is, a defense of “gay marriage” that is based on reason and not emotion), please leave it in a comment.