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By James V. Brownson

ISBN-10: 1467437379

ISBN-13: 9781467437370

Grapples carefully with biblical texts on the center of the church's debate over same-sex relationships

This thought-provoking booklet by way of James Brownson develops a wide, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture, locates present debates over homosexuality in that wider context, and explores why the Bible speaks how it does approximately same-sex relationships.

relatively offering each side during this polarized debate — "traditional" and "revisionist" — Brownson rigorously analyzes the entire pertinent biblical texts and helpfully identifies "stuck points" within the ongoing debate. within the procedure, he explores key strategies that tell our realizing of the biblical texts, together with patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and disgrace. primary to his argument is the necessity to discover the ethical good judgment in the back of the text.

Written as a way to serve and tell the continuing debate in lots of denominations over the questions of homosexuality, Brownson's in-depth research will end up an invaluable source for Christians who are looking to shape a thought of opinion in this very important factor.

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1 Or, to put it even more precisely, Paul is using male same-sex erotic behavior as a particularly egregious example of Gentile corruption: it is the consequence of the Gentiles’ idolatry and a symptom of their alienation from God. 2 Some traditionalist interpreters point to the vehemence and intensity of Paul’s language here — the use of words and phrases such as “degrading,” “unnatural,” “consumed with passion,” “shameless,” and “error” — as evidence that Paul is articulating a deeply held conviction and not an occasional judgment.

61). The last phrase of Gagnon’s sentence is particularly important: the sexual union depicted in Genesis 2 assumes the reconstituting of the original “wholeness” that was split into male and female. ” Gagnon says: The sexual union of man and woman in marriage, of two complementary beings, in effect makes possible a single, composite human being. So great is the complementarity of male and female, so seriously is the notion of “attachment” and “joining” taken, that the marital bond between man and woman takes precedence even over the bond with the parents that physically produced them.

4 And they cite numerous other biblical texts in support of this position, regarding this as the essential difference that distinguishes male from female. God wills that males should lead and females should follow. Same-sex erotic unions are wrong because they lack this dynamic interaction between initiative and receptivity. 5 Other Christians, even those who may agree that the notion of gender complementarity excludes all same-sex erotic unions, do not agree that hi4. The standard text for this view of gender complementarity is John Piper and Wayne A.

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