Religious Freedom, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Dignity of the Human Person
This introductory chapter situates present-day tensions between religious freedom and gay rights in the context of Christianity’s historical contributions to freedom and human dignity. It argues that modern democratic notions of freedom and dignity are outgrowths of, not departures from, a prior Judeo-Christian ontology of the free human person. Not only did the Judeo-Christian conception of human freedom presuppose religious freedom, but it contained a distinctive Christian sexual morality that today informs principled objections to same-sex marriage. For those who adhere to this Christian sexual morality, opposition to same-sex marriage is part and parcel of an authentic exercise of religious freedom. Accordingly, the increasing erosion of Christian sexual morality in the West entails a concomitant erosion of religious freedom. Following an overview of the book’s chapters, this introduction considers how this twofold erosion is reflected in the US Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, which established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
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