SSM: MY BASIC POSITION. This is long but I think it's pretty plain-spoken:Americans still think the debate over same-sex marriage is about gay people. We still think it's about your best friend who's just said she's a lesbian, or your son who's just come out. We still think it's about whether homosexual acts are sinful.It's not.The same-sex marriage debate is about marriage, above all else. It's about a view of marriage that was first promoted by and for heterosexual couples.I used to … [Read more...]

SSM: THREE TYPES OF ARGUMENT. Throughout these posts, and previous posts on this site, I've been making three different kinds of claim:1) Marriage was not designed to respond to the desires of and pressures on same-sex couples, and we shouldn't expect it to do so. This is at once the strongest and the weakest claim. Strongest, because it strikes me as glaringly obvious! As Maggie Gallagher has pointed out, even societies that accepted or valorized (male) homosexual conduct did not institute … [Read more...]

SSM: THE SETUP. This is the start of a series of posts in which I'll lay out my reasons for opposing same-sex marriage, and answer other people's objections. I'm not sure how long it will take, so feel free to jump in whenever you want.Today's posts will probably be among the longest in the series--I hope to keep most of these bite-sized, but today I'm laying out my own position and that takes more time than a FAQ-like reply to objections.There will also be times when I reuse phrasings that … [Read more...]

POETRY WEDNESDAY: From John Donne, "A Lecture Upon the Shadow." It's not one of my favorites of his, but I like the second stanza and the end a lot. Sorry about the lack of formating.Stand still, and I will read to thee A lecture, Love, in Love's philosophy. These three hours that we have spent, Walking here, two shadows went Along with us, which we ourselves produced. But, now the sun is just above our head, We do those shadows tread, And to brave clearness all things are … [Read more...]

HAPPY ENDING: Or something. I've posted the entire rough draft of "What You Can Do for Your Country." You can read the whole thing in order here; or just get the last segment here. Note the big gap in time between the last segment and the previous ones.As always, your comments and (especially) criticisms are welcomed. This is a rough draft, which means that I already know I didn't nail it, so please don't hold back if you think something's wrong!Soon, maybe tomorrow, I'll start posting the … [Read more...]

And though each spring doe add to love new heate, As princes doe in times of action get New taxes, and remit them not in peace, No winter shall abate the springs encrease. --John Donne, "Loves Growth" … [Read more...]

EXISTENTIAL CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS: Motime Like the Present is a wiggy blog dealing with, um, Calvinism, antinomianism, and Silver Age Marvel comics.In other words, he's insane in a way that I deeply respect.I find Calvinism wildly awful and distressin', and I don't rightly buy much of MLTP's analyses of superhero comics. Nonetheless, he is a worthwhile theological-superheroic test-your-strength machine. Good stuff. Blogrolled tonight. … [Read more...]