Dr. Brian Zack ’72 critiques Princeton’s policies on sexual ethics

We applaud this recently-published letter to the editor by Dr. Brian Zack ’72, which skillfully critiques the current University policy and tone on sexual ethics. We  are looking forward to an official response from the University soon.

“I urge you to consider a rewrite for future productions, to portray abstinence as a valid and socially respectable choice, to include contraception and STDs in the discussion and to highlight the importance of drinking in moderation. If I remember correctly, all of these were essential parts of ‘Sex on a Saturday Night.'”



Welcome Class of 2019!

holdyourhand_webWelcome to Princeton! Students seek out our club for a variety of reasons: some are dissatisfied with Princeton’s social scene, some are concerned about the campus sexual culture, and some are simply looking for community. Whatever your reason, we are excited that you’ve found us. Our club is a group dedicated to the reasoned defense of marriage, the importance of the family, and a traditional sexual ethic. We work to restore a healthy dating culture and to foster fair and open campus dialogue. To find out more about us, check out some of the links at the bottom of this post.

The Anscombe Society at Princeton is arguably the most active conservative student group on campus. This semester, we are looking forward to celebrating our 10th year as a student organization with four of the best and brightest philosophers in the world: John Haldane, Roger Scruton, Candace Vogler, and Robert P. George. Event details can be found here. We are also excited to host the eighth annual Love and Fidelity Network Conference, Sexuality, Integrity, and the University, on October 30th and 31st here at Princeton. Last year, nearly 300 students came from around the world to learn the arguments and to come together as a community.

To get involved, simply email anscombe@princeton.edu with “Join Listserv” in the subject line. We’ll add you to our email list where you’ll get weekly updates on our meeting times and events.

Hope to see you around!


Christian Say ’17

Find Out More:
60 Second Welcome Video
New York Times Article
Public Discourse Article

Jonathan Last on the same-sex marriage “bait-and-switch”

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Jonathan V. Last describes the “bait-and-switch strategy” of those attempting to redefine the institution of marriage in The Weekly Standard:

“Of course, not everyone in the same-sex marriage movement wants to help traditional marriage evolve into something better. Some want to burn it to the ground. Again in the New Republic, for instance, one member of a married lesbian couple wrote about her quest to use her own brother’s sperm to impregnate her wife. Why would she seek to do such a thing? Because ‘The queer parts of me relished the way it unsettled people. Uprooting convention, collapsing categories, reframing and reassigning blood relations was a subversive wet dream.’ This is quite intentionally not, as Andrew Sullivan once promised, a “virtually normal” view of marriage.”


Feser Lecture is Today!

TODAY, April 11th at 4:30pm in Guyot 10, Professor Edward Feser, a philosopher at Pasadena City College, will be visiting Princeton’s campus to give a public talk about  Sexual Ethics and its natural law foundations. After the talk, a group of Anscombe members will meet with him for dinner. We’re really looking forward to the talk and dinner with Professor Feser, who has been lauded by National Review as “one of the best contemporary writers on philosophy.”


For more information on Professor Feser, check out his blog, linked here.
For more information on the event, check out the Facebook page, linked here.

Mark Regnerus Reviews New Research on Same-Sex Households, Revealing Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad

“On a Thursday morning in late June 2015, Americans will be treated to the Court’s decision about altering an institution as old as recorded human history. But one thing that day will not change is the portrait of same-sex households with children. After a series of population-based data-collection projects, we know what that looks like: a clear step down, on average, from households that unite children with their own mother and father.”

Read more: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14417/

Robert P. George on Natural Law, Liberal Arts, and the Rise of the Anscombe Society

Ryan Shinkel at Ethika Politika recently interviewed Princeton University’s Robert P.

Image via the Love and Fidelity Network

Image via the Love and Fidelity Network

George, who addressed natural law, the liberal arts, and ascendance of Anscombe Societies on college campuses. See the excerpt and follow the link below to read the whole interview:

“Students join organizations such as the Anscombe Society because they see the carnage of the sexual revolution all around them…Anscombe students know that we as individuals and as a society needn’t settle for this—that we can aspire to, and achieve, something much better.”

Read more here: http://ethikapolitika.org/2014/12/16/natural-law-liberal-arts-interview-robert-p-george/

Gay Marriage? A Debate


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Gay Marriage? A Debate

Join us this Wednesday, November 5th in McCosh 50 to hear Professor Stephen Macedo debate Sherif Girgis ’08 on this topic:

Resolved: The case for same-sex marriage has a rational limiting principle, and changing marriage law accordingly would strengthen the institution of marriage.

Doors open at 7:10pm. Latecomers will be admitted at the back of the room at suitable intervals. Books to be sold following the debate.

See the Facebook event here.

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Sponsored by the Princeton Anscombe Society with the support of the Love and Fidelity Network, the Leadership Institute, the Alliance Defending Freedom, Christian Union, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Office of Religious Life, and the USG Projects Board

Welcome, Prospective Students!

All of us at the Anscombe Society would like to welcome you to Princeton, and we hope you enjoy your brief stay on campus!

Many of you will have some idea what club hockey, an improv group or a Christian fellowship are, but very few of you will have heard of anything like the Anscombe Society because there’s nothing like it in high school. We are a club dedicated to promoting sexual values through reasoned discourse There are two aspects to our club: what we believe and what we do. You can see what we believe in our various position statements, but briefly we are a club that affirms the inherent goodness of human nature and human sexuality but that believes that that nature requires certain constraints on our actions. Who we are as humans and what our ultimate fulfillment looks like entail how we should act. Thus we believe in the importance of the virtue of chastity and defend the institutions of marriage and family. We also believe that the sexual norms we endorse are affirmed by human reason even without the aid of revelation or religion.
What we do is a bit more straightforward. We seek to develop an understanding of sexual ethics among our members and their ability to express that understanding, but we also engage the campus culture and hope to bring about wider acceptance of our views. Thus we not only have our weekly meetings where we discuss articles on ethics and politics but we also host public events such as Ryan Anderson’s talk on marriage last semester and Professor Alex Pruss’ on Christian sexual ethics.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Anscombe Society, please email us at anscombesociety@gmail.com. Even if you ultimately decide on another school, we hope you can get involved with the pro-chastity, pro-family cause elsewhere. Our friends at the Love & Fidelity Network have put together this helpful list of other Anscombe-like groups around the country. The rest of their website has many useful resources and materials, and if you’re looking for a daily fix of informed articles about social issues, please check out the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse site.

All the best,

Ben Koons, Co-President