Many Faiths, Common View on Marriage: Men and Women Are Created for Each Other

Ryan T. Anderson has a terrific write-up over at the Daily Signal about the International Interfaith Colloquium hosted by Pope Francis at the Vatican on the complementarity of man and woman. Anderson introduced his post with this:

The Vatican conference brought together speakers from more or less every faith tradition on the face of the earth: Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Taoist. The speakers hailed from 23 different countries, representing all the continents that are inhabited by man. While the speakers came from many different faiths, they all shared a common view: that men and women are created for each other. The speeches and videos were amazing, and I encourage you to check them out.

He then went on to highlight five of the presentations: Pope Francis, Jackie Rivers, “a Doctoral Fellow in African and African-American Studies at Harvard University,” Russell Moore, “the president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission,” Rick Warren, “the famous pastor of Saddleback Church,” and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, “the former chief rabbi of the UK.”

In Anderson’s must-read summary there are several important quotes included, such as this one from Pope Francis: “[C]hildren have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.”

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Here is Ryan T. Anderson’s highlight of Rick Warren’s speech:

“A lie doesn’t become a truth and wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s popular. Truth is truth.” Indeed, promoting truth is the only way to be perennially relevant: “No revolution will last, including the sexual revolution…every lie eventually crumbles under its own deception.”

Warren had little patience for “right side of history” argument, saying “it isn’t necessary to be on the side of culture—it’s not even necessary to be on the right side of history, it’s just important to be on the right side.”

And the right side is not settled by majority vote: “The dustbins of history are stuffed with conventional wisdom of cultures that proved false, and truth is not decided by a popularity contest.”

Here are the speeches Anderson included in his Daily Signal article, followed by a link to the entire post:

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