Colloquium: What is Marriage?
In an effort to facilitate collegial dialogue across disciplinary boundaries among faculty and students, EKU Libraries is hosting hour-long, informally moderated colloquiums on selected Fridays at 3:30 p.m. in the new Crabbe Library Research and Instruction Commons Conference Room, 204G.
Each colloquium session is devoted to text, video or audio material chosen by a faculty member who moderates the discussion. The material may be of any subject, scholarly or topical, peer-reviewed or popular, as well as original work. The only requirement is that the item(s) under discussion be accessible online (including any of EKU Libraries’ many subscription resources).
This Friday, Dr. Todd Hartch will moderate discussion of WHAT IS MARRIAGE?
We argue that as a moral reality, marriage is the union of a man and a woman who make a permanent and exclusive commitment to each other of the type that is naturally fulfilled by bearing and rearing children together, and renewed by acts that constitute the behavioral part of the process of reproduction. We further argue that there are decisive principled as well as prudential reasons for the state to enshrine this understanding of marriage in its positive law, and to resist the call to recognize as marriages the sexual unions of same-sex partners.
Of related interest:
- Responses to criticisms (See entries dated: 12/17; 12/29; 12/30; 1/03; 1/12)
- Co-author Robert George is the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series speaker on Wednesday, March 2
Refreshments kindly provided by EKU Student Government Association.
Faculty interested in participating as moderators are encouraged to contact Rob Sica.