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Bible, Gender, Sexuality : Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships

Posted on 7 August 2013 Gavin Glenn

"Instead of being trapped in shallow debates over the meaning of a few isolated biblical passages, James Brownson grounds his approach in foundational biblical understandings of gender and sexuality. He takes the Bible seriously, engaging it faithfully and deeply, and he encourages the reader to do the same. . . . The church needs this book."

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
(from foreword)

 

"With gentle wisdom Brownson reveals an implicit moral logic beneath scriptural teachings about sexuality and same-sex relationships. His insights -- which are both prophetic and pastoral -- build a much-needed bridge across the sexual divide that separates people of shared biblical faith."

David G. Myers
-- author of A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists

 

"Jim Brownson has written what I believe is a 'game-changing' book on the hotly disputed topic of same-sex orientation and relationships in light of the Bible. He approaches the biblical texts with no less care and respect than the most conservative or traditional scholars, but he makes overt and clear what many seem unconscious of -- the moral logic that operates in a text. By surfacing and grappling with that moral logic, Brownson can explore the why behind the what of biblical prohibitions. In so doing, he provides not only a masterful work on human sexuality in light of Scripture, but also a model for the kind of robust and faithful biblical hermeneutic that our churches desperately need at this point in our history."

Brian McLaren
-- author of Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words

 

"If ever a book spoke the good news of the gospel with biblical authority to those children of God who happen not to be straight, it is this book. Brownson addresses with clarity an issue that is tearing the church of Jesus Christ apart, as he gently insists that all of us allow new facts and insights to illuminate our understanding of what Scripture has to say to gay and lesbian Christians."

Peggy Campolo
-- speaker, writer, and editor

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