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

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

Grapples conscientiously with biblical texts at the heart of the church's debate over same-sex relationships

This thought-provoking book by James Brownson develops a broad, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture, locates current debates over homosexuality in that wider context, and explores why the Bible speaks the way it does about same-sex relationships.

Fairly presenting both sides in this polarized debate — "traditional" and "revisionist" — Brownson conscientiously analyzes all of the pertinent biblical texts and helpfully identifies "stuck points" in the ongoing debate. In the process, he explores key concepts that inform our understanding of the biblical texts, including patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and shame. Central to his argument is the need to uncover the moral logic behind the text.

Written in order to serve and inform the ongoing debate in many denominations over the questions of homosexuality, Brownson's in-depth study will prove a useful resource for Christians who want to form a considered opinion on this important issue.

Title:Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802868633
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    Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships Reviews

  • Emily Timbol

    I have not recommended any book to friends, family, and fellow church-goers as much as this one, and for three good reasons: 1)It is the absolute best book out there that I've read (and I've read a lo...

  • Joel Wentz

    Persusing reviews for books like this can be frustrating. Frequently those who are uncomfortable with Brownson's argument immediately lump it in the 1-star category, while there are those on the "othe...

  • Will Dominique

    This was well-written in a way that really facilitated understanding for me. I am not very familiar with Christianity, and I often feel lost when trying to read exegeses and academic takes on the Bibl...

  • Joan

    I read this book because the author is a professor at a seminary of the denomination I grew up in. The denomination is considering the ordination of practicing gays and this book is a move in that dir...

  • Thomas Reeves

    The value of this book for me was to get acquainted with some of the exegesis, reasoning, and applications of those arguing for the appropriateness of life-long, lasting, same-sex relationships.The bo...

  • Ranoordam

    This book is written not so much with an open mind but by a loving father who wants to make sense of his son's sexual orientation. If what the bible seems to say conflicts with this preconceived idea,...

  • Sara

    I don’t normally review nonfiction, but this book is too good to not talk about. If you follow Christianity and are in, or know someone in the LGBT+ community, I highly recommend you read this book....

  • David

    James Brownson’s argument in this book is that when the Bible writers do not condemn same sex committed monogamous relationships and thus there is no reason for Christians to do so today. This is pr...

  • Spenceface Klavan

    Committed Christians who experience same sex attraction must navigate the influence of two equally pernicious interest groups. On the one hand there is a reflexive legalism which disguises cultural pr...

  • Lincoln Reynolds

    4.75/5 stars.This book was everything that “God and the Gay Christian” should have been (see my review of GatGC for context).It’s obviously important that Brownson, unlike Matthew Vines, is actu...