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Marriage: a real ideal

by Michael Cook | March 16, 2018

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Marriage comes in for a hammering nowadays. It is described as an impossilble ideal; it is ridiculed as boring; it is attacked as an enemy of freedom. Most people still believe that marriage is a pathway to happiness. But sometimes finding words to describe the happiness and deep satisfaction of marriage is difficult. 

That's why Nathaniel Blake's essay in today's MercatorNet is so valuable. Drawing on G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, he observes that "Lifelong marriage is an act of defiance against all of the difficulties of life, from the catastrophic to the mundane. In marriage, men and women promise themselves to one another, and tell fate to go to hell. The traditional promises that solemnize a marriage are some of the greatest assertions of human agency, and therefore of human dignity, possible."  

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