One note though about the student’s comments at the end, Ryan did not present any religious arguments in his presentation, and it’s unfair to dismiss someone’s legitimate arguments as religious just because one is unable to refute them. Also, Ryan spent half of his presentation talking about why the government involved itself in marriage at all, and so he certainly did not ignore the civil aspect of marriage. The student’s comments were really off-base criticisms of an excellent argument.
Our school’s main daily paper the Prince has written a news story about Ryan’s great talk last night. Click here for the full article.
Here’s the meat of the article:
In a philosophical vein, Anderson used an Aristotelian analysis involving the terms of action, goods and commitment to arrive at a definition of marriage. He also said that the definition of marriage between a man and a woman is found in many different cultures at many different periods.
“There’s something about this understanding of marriage that resonates with human nature,” he said.
Moving on to the realm of public policy, Anderson argued that the government should regulate marriage and noted the benefits for children who grow up in households with mothers and fathers.
The article also mentions the protesters at last night’s event:
Before the event, members of the Princeton Equality Project gathered at the building entrance handing out pins and posters to arriving audience members. A number of students came draped in rainbow flags.
One of the event’s goals was to keep the marriage issue live, and a quote from the article indicates we may have been successful at that:
PEP [Princeton Equality Project] member Kelsey Dyer ’17 said many members of the LGBT community had come to respectfully hear what Anderson had to say while also making their presence known in hopes that the event could be part of an ongoing dialogue about the meaning of marriage.
Tonight’s talk by Ryan Anderson was a great success! An astonishing 290 people piled into the largest and most elegant classroom on campus McCosh 50. Protesters came bearing signs, fanciful outfits, and their questions. Ryan’s talk encompassed three parts: why the revisionist definition of marriage fails, what marriage is, and why marriage and marriage policy matter. Ryan fielded questions by many protesters about social science on lesbian parenting, the analogy to interracial marriage, and the classic infertility objection. He even received a question about Plato’s views on pederasty! But he answered them all thoroughly and admirably. Thanks to Ryan for giving such a great talk! In the next few days, we’ll be posting more about what the audience thought of the talk, the particulars of Ryan’s arguments, and some more photos.
Please come out to Ryan’s lecture tomorrow. We need as many supporters as we can get to make this a successful event! Everyone is welcome though!
This week we’ll be discussing the “Doctrinal Principles” section of the 1968 papal encyclical Humanae Vitae. This document is the go-to source for the case against contraception, and many of its predictions about a contraceptive culture’s consequences have been especially prophetic. The meeting will be at 6:30 in Rocky Dining Hall; all students are free to come and join us!
Also, register for the Love and Fidelity Network’s annual conference “Sexuality, Integrity and the University” here. It’ll be November 8-9 on Princeton’s campus, and Princeton students can attend for free!
Mark your calendars for October 17 when Ryan Anderson gives a packed-house lecture on same-sex marriage!
Finally, I’d recommend checking out the Leadership Institute for students interested in learning more about activism and politics. They’re great folks!
Tonight at 6:30 we’ll be meeting in Rocky dining hall for our weekly meeting. Please read this article by Professor Heaney about the natural institution of marriage but come even if you don’t have the chance to!
Tonight Anscombe will be meeting at 6:30 in Rocky Dining Hall to discuss club activities this semester, ways to get involved, and also this article about the hookup culture at UPenn. All students are welcome to come!
Welcome to Princeton, Class of 2017!
We’re glad that you’ve found the Anscombe Society’s blog. The Anscombe Society is committed to defending chastity through rational arguments, but we encourage people of every view to attend our events and meetings. Check here for upcoming events and email “Subscribe” to email@example.com to receive our weekly email. Here’s a schedule of our upcoming events:
Open House–September 16, 9-10PM, in Campus Club’s Prospect Room, come and meet our officers and members and enjoy some dessert!
First Meeting–September 17, 6:30PM, in Rocky Dining Hall, our weekly discussion meetings will start up this week, check your emails for the discussion article!
Pro-Life, Pro-Family Reception–September 19, 5-6PM, in Mathey Common Room, our semiannual reception co-sponsored by Princeton Pro-Life will feature an address by Professor Robert P George.
Ryan Anderson’s Marriage and Civil Society Lecture, mid-October.
Also check out the Love and Fidelity Network’s annual conference this year on Princeton’s campus on November 8-9 entitled “Sexuality, Integrity, and the University”. Usually Princeton students have been able to attend the conference for free, but register here if you’re interested http://www.loveandfidelity.org/2013-national-conference/