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The Natural Family

Recorded on September 7, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Sixty years ago, the UN declared the family the natural and fundamental unit of society. Today no one knows what family means. The Natural Family: A Manifesto responds to this confusion and defines the family based on universal human experience. Insisting, without apology, on the reality of the natural family, the manifesto issues a personal call to men and women to rediscover the fundamental source of life, joy, and freedom.

Allan Carlson and Paul Mero examine why the family is in crisis, the ways in which the natural family is the source of culture and freedom, and what families can do to preserve the most fundamental and wholesome relationship on earth. Assured that human nature is on their side, the authors are both realistic about the family's plight and relentlessly optimistic. The Natural Family: A Manifesto is designed to be a road map for rebuilding a culture of freedom, joy, and love.

This family manifesto is nothing short of a blueprint for Western survival. - Rabbi Daniel Lapin, President, Toward Tradition

Allan C. Carlson, Ph.D., inaugurated the World Congress of Families in 1997. He is the founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society and previously served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Family Research Council. Paul T. Mero worked for several years on Capitol Hill and is now the President of the Sutherland Institute, a public policy think tank in Salt Lake City, Utah.