51: How to Defend Marriage—Dr. Jennifer Roback-Morse
“Dr. J” to her tribe, this influencer as a PhD and teaching experience at Yale, and George Brown University. An economist by training, she has invaluable insights into the wreckage we see around us caused by the failed Sexual Revolution. The organization she founded, The Ruth Institute, exists to help survivors of this very public shipwreck.
With the Obergefel v Hodges (2015) decision redefining marriage at the federal level, we have reached a legal tipping point. Most Americans support marriage as it’s been defined for millennia, as the lifelong union of one man and one woman with openness to children. Culture is one thing, laws are another.
If you want practical insights into how to talk about this and other challenges such as our collective no-fault divorce attitude (yes, it has infected “good Catholic” circles), and the forgotten players known as children, this is the interview for you.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Proven strategies for framing the arguments
- How to avoid taking the bait offered by anti-marriage activists
- The importance of keeping the conversation where it needs to be: on the linking of children to their parents.
- How to articulate reasons for supporting marriage without reference to either homosexual behavior on the one hand, or religious tenets on the other.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other by Jennifer Roback-Morse and Betsy Kerekes
Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good For Your Marriage, by Patrick Coffin
- Go to The Ruth Institute website for more from Dr. J.
- Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan Anderson
- Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue by William May
Join the Conversation:
Question of the week (for the married): When people look at your marriage, how likely are they to say, “I want a marriage like that”?
(For the unmarried): What is a good question to ask your boyfriend or girlfriend that would either qualify or disqualify them as a good candidate for marriage?
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