What dating process would give rise to companionate marriages? [Blogathon 11/12]

This post is number eleven of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. Ok, I'm one post from the end of the Blogathon, so I'm allowed to go off the deep end a little, right? In the last post, the Alan Jacobs quote suggested that Pride and Prejudice might be a good model … [Read more...]

Companionate Marriage for Everyone? [Blogathon 10/12]

This post is number ten of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. Alan Jacobs had an interesting response to the Noah Millman piece about the gay Mormon's companionate marriage I was discussing in the last post.  Jacobs wrote: What this story is pointing to is the … [Read more...]

I’m ok with companionate marriage [Blogathon 9/12]

This post is number nine of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. There's been an essay making the rounds by Josh Weed, a gay Mormon man who's been happily married to his wife for ten years and has had several children with her.  I was reminded of it when thinking … [Read more...]

How Critical is Sexual Desire to Human Identity? [Blogathon 8/12]

This post is number eight of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. At one point in the discussion, Ubiquitous was expanding on Thomist philosophy and laid out a 'prebuttal' (of which I'm excerpting only one idea): In a hale and mature adult human, eyes are for seeing. … [Read more...]

Are Civil Rights Asymmetrical? [Blogathon 7/12]

This post is number seven of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.   In the last two posts, I was focusing on what kind of data would make us think that gay marriage was a bad idea, but I think there's a different question lurking in the background.  Why are we … [Read more...]

Let’s assume gay marriages were really worse, ctd… [Blogathon 6/12]

This post is number six of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.     Ah, but in my pleasure in quoting Waugh to make a mathematical point in the last Blogathon post, I skipped answering the actual question the commenters had asked. "If the marginal … [Read more...]

Let’s assume gay marriages were really worse… [Blogathon 5/12]

This post is number five of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.   This point came up a couple of times during the thread, so there's not any specific comment I want to link back to. Some of the Christians wanted to know if gay marriages actually turned out to … [Read more...]


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