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Philosophia Christi

Volume 16, Issue 2, 2014

Michael Gurney
Pages 395-406

Same-Sex Marriage and the Church
The Public Relevance of Theistic Morality

The contentious debate over same-sex marriage raises significant questions about the public relevance of theistic ethics in addressing broad social issues beyond the moral boundaries of the Christian community. Using the issue of same-sex marriage as a case study, it is argued that “natural law” kinds of arguments can provide epistemic support as “public reasons” for cogent theological-based arguments against same-sex marriage and can be successfully defended against frequent objections to the use of religious reasons in a pluralistic context.

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