I was wondering if there are any particular books out there that you would recommend arguing against abortion and gay marriage from a sound Catholic perspective. Over the past year, I’ve started to come back to the Church, but not without some challenges. One of the challenges that seems to surface most is truly understanding key parts of Catholic social teaching, which clash with pop culture, without getting distracted or put off from the pseudo-science or simple polemics put out by conservative groups to justify their position. I just don’t find that very compelling. Moreover, too often my attempts to learn more are stymied by the hyper-partisan nature of the issues. Its hard to discuss and debate an issue with some of my hysterical friends. While I would describe myself as someone with pro-life sympathies, I can’t say I have ever heard or let myself hear a deep argument for the sanctity of a human embryo. Personally, it just feels wrong, but I don’t really have a strong philosophical or theological argument on which to base a strong conviction. Likewise, I have a personal feeling that there is nothing wrong with same sex marriage. However, I admit that being someone raised in 21st century America, I have a strong bias in favor of arguments that rest on notions of individual liberty. So I’d greatly appreciate any recommended texts that argue for the Catholic position on these two controversial issues from a thoughtful philosophical or theological position.
Maggie Gallagher has written extensively on marriage, but I don’t know any titles off the top of my head. On abortion, Peter Kreeft is good.
God bless you as you seek to form your conscience in the service of Jesus!