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Contemporary Thinkers Attempt to Define Marriage

In his book The Future of Marriage, David Blankenhorn has culled the following contemporary attempts to define marriage:

  • "Marriage is, more than anything else, the expression of love" (George Easterbrook of the New Republic).
  • "The essence of a good marriage is not breeding [i.e. having children] or even romantic love … [but] a unique and profound friendship" (Andrew Sullivan).
  • "Now marriage is seen by most people as love, intimacy, happiness" (Barbara Risman, professor of sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago).

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