Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It

Greg Strand – March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Ryan T. Anderson, co-author with Robert George and Sherif Gergis of the book, What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense (New York: Encounter, 2012), has distilled the major thesis of the book into a 12 page paper: “Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It.”

Here is the abstract:

Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father. Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths. Marriage is society’s least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children. By encouraging the norms of marriage—monogamy, sexual exclusivity, and permanence—the state strengthens civil society and reduces its own role. The future of this country depends on the future of marriage. The future of marriage depends on citizens understanding what it is and why it matters and demanding that government policies support, not undermine, true marriage.

Here are my brief annotations on this book, from which this article is based:

This book contains a powerful and convincing argument in its instruction and defense of marriage between a man and a woman, and against Same-Sex Marriage, based on church tradition, natural law and the public good, i.e. not first and foremost on theological grounds. This makes their rationale one of the best “publicly accessible” defenses written for the contemporary discussion/debate.

This is an extremely valuable abbreviated summary of this excellent work, which I encourage you to read and, then, to forward on to others to read.

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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