Defending Marriage

  • by Anthony Esolen
  • Narrated by Kevin Spalding
  • 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity is a rousing, compelling defense of traditional, natural marriage.
Here, Anthony Esolen, professor at Providence College and a prolific writer, uses moral, theological, and cultural arguments to defend this holy and ancient institution, bedrock of society - and to illuminate the threats it faces from modern revolutions in law, public policy, and sexual morality.
Inside, discover:


Traditional marriage's roots in age-old religious, cultural, and natural laws
Why gay marriage is a metaphysical impossibility
How acceptance and legal sanction of gay marriage threatens the family
How the state becomes a religion when it attempts to elevate gay marriage, and enshrine as a civil right all consensual sex
How divorce and sexual license have brought marriage to the brink
How today's culture has impoverished and emptied love of its true meaning

In Defending Marriage, Esolen expertly and succinctly identifies the cultural dangers of gay marriage and the Sexual Revolution which paved its way. He offers a stirring defense of true marriage, the family, culture, and love - and provides the compelling arguments that will return us to sanity, and out of our current morass.

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Excellent and thorough discussion on the topic

Would you listen to Defending Marriage again? Why?

Anthony Esolen presents a very coherent case in defense of traditional marriage. This is worth listening to again and again to make sure you have mastered the material. Mr. Esolen does this with a well-reasoned book that explores the logical conclusions that one must accept if one embraces the modern variations of marriage. He explains the unintended consequences of these variations, consequences that naturally flow from the policies being pursued. This requires deep thinking about the issues, and this is sorely needed in a society where too many people base their decisions on emotional appeals. This book helps the reader to consider the many aspects of marriage and its importance to children's rights and society.


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- Terryn "I like Star Wars, Foundation series, Redwall Series, Bloody Jack series, and westerns for fiction. In nonfiction, I like books about Catholic theology, American history and government, and economics."

Truth with reason.

What did you love best about Defending Marriage?

This book gives flesh on the ever present argument of the sanctity of marriage. A Captivating performance by Kevin Spalding, this audio book gives sound defense every Catholic will need in their debate against a secular cynical world.


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- Patrick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2015
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press