In a recent post, Peter Leithart reflects upon the debate on same-sex marriage between Douglas Wilson and Andrew Sullivan. Observing the increasing inability of Christian arguments to gain purchase upon the public’s imagination, he wonders how arguments against same-sex marriage might become persuasive again. His conclusion is far from sanguine: without a recovery of Christian imagination we are fighting a losing battle. “[T]he only arguments we have are theological ones, and only people whose imaginations are formed by Scripture will find them cogent.”
I must confess to some astonishment at such a conclusion. From such a statement, one might be led to presume that we were defending something akin to the Chalcedonian Definition, rather than the virtually universal consensus that has existed across human history and culture that marriage is a public institution, declaring the interdependence of men and women, formed around the natural realities of sexual dimorphism, the procreative union between a man and woman, the bonds of blood, and providing a secure setting where children’s bonds with the parents that bore them are honoured and upheld and their nurturance assured. The fact that a Christian thinker as insightful and uncompromising as Dr Leithart has arrived at such a conclusion strikes me as an indication of just how much ground has been needlessly surrendered in this particular debate.
Read the whole thing here.
UPDATE: The discussion continues here.