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READ & DOWNLOAD Æ Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church ☆ No issue is divisive or pressing for the church today than homosexuality Two Views on Homosexuality the Bible and the Church brings a fresh perspective to a well worn debate While Christian debates about homosexuality are most often domAre followed by exceptionally insightful responses and rejoinders that interact with their fellow essayists with convicted civility Holding to a high view of Scripture a commitment to the gospel and the church and a love for people especially those most affected by this topic the contributors wrestle deeply with the Bible and theology especially the prohibition texts the role of procreation gender complementarity and pastoral accommodationThe book concludes with general editor Preston Sprinkle’s reflections on the future of discussions on faith and sexualit. 45 Stars

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Gender articulate and defend each of the two viewsAffirming viewWilliam LoaderMegan K DeFranza Traditional viewWesley HillStephen R HolmesUniue among most debates on homosexuality this book presents a constructive dialogue between people who disagree on significant ethical and theological matters and yet maintain a respectful and humanizing posture toward one another Even as these scholars articulate pointed arguments for their position with academic rigor and depth they do so cordially clearly and compassionately without demeaning the otherThe main essays. A useful and irenic summary of the debate among Evangelical scholars I wish one of the affirming contributions had been from a ueer person; however the fact that such a book is possible is a massive step forward outlining clearly what some Evangelicals think is at stakeOn a second reading in June 2019 I affirm what I say above and add that the afterword mentions uestions that may be useful to pursue for ueer theologians interested in conversation with Evangelical traditions in North America and the UK

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Two Views on Homosexuality the Bible and the ChurchNo issue is divisive or pressing for the church today than homosexuality Two Views on Homosexuality the Bible and the Church brings a fresh perspective to a well worn debate While Christian debates about homosexuality are most often dominated by biblical exegesis this book seeks to give much needed attention to the rich history of received Christian tradition bringing the Bible into conversation with historical and systematic theology To that end both theologians and biblical scholars well accomplished in their fields and conversant in issues of sexuality and. Summary Four biblical scholars and theologians two holding two a traditional understanding of human sexuality and two holding an affirming stance but all taking the biblical testimony about human sexuality seriously articulate the basis on which they hold their positions and respond to the statements of the other three in gracious dialogueI don't think anyone will contradict the assertion that recent discussions around sexuality both within the culture and the church have been fraught with bitter rancor and contention Denominations have fractured and hurtful attacks have been made on those holding either of the two major stances traditional and affirming There are books demeaning those holding one or the other of these views while arguing for their ownIf for no other reason then this book is a welcome alternative Four scholars argue for variants of one of the two major stances in a dialogue that is unrestrained in the rigor in which one or the other view is held while speaking respectfully of the contributions of others even those in disagreement Further all four care deeply about the biblical witness on these matters although they part ways in their interpretation of that witness Strikingly three of the four including one of the affirming scholars would contend that the biblical witness precludes same sex unions but reach differing conclusions on how this might be applied in the contemporary contextThe four scholars then in the dialogue and the basic positions they hold areWilliam Loader a scholar who has studied sexuality in ancient Judaism and Christianity holds that the Bible prohibits all forms of same sex relations but that this must be weighed against findings in biology and other fields related to sexuality and gender not available to the biblical writers and thus he arrives at a position affirming same sex unionsMegan DeFranza is a theologian whose research on intersex persons those whose physiology is neither clearly male nor female challenges the assumption that all people are born exclusively male or female She notes the recognition of eunuchs in scripture as a biblical example contrary to this traditional assumption She also argues that the prohibition passages have to do with exploitative forms of sexuality related to slavery trafficking and power differences and do not focus on loving monogamous same sex relationshipsWesley Hill a celibate gay biblical scholar who shares something of his own narrative contends that the prohibitive passages preclude any same sex relations and argues that these must be understood in the broader context of the Bible's affirmations about sexuality marriage and procreation Both he and the next scholar draw on Augustinian theology as the best resource for articulating a biblical synthesis on matters of marriage and sexuality Hill also elouently argues for the place of spiritual friendship deeply committed non sexual friendships between two same sex persons as well as the full welcome of same sex persons committed to the traditional view within families sharing his own experience of being invited to be the godfather of a couple's children and thus drawn into that familyStephen Holmes is a theologian who argues that the prohibitive passages are actually secondary though important to the biblical passages teaching about marriage He also draws on Augustinian theology despite its acknowledge defects for its formulation of the three fold goods of marriage children faithfulness a God graced experience of learning selflessness and sacrament revealing the mystery of Christ's relation to the church Holmes while not advocating same sex unions explores the possibility of some kind of accommodation for same sex couples who come into the church along the lines of the church's accommodation for at least some who divorce and remarry or those made in mission contexts for polygamous unionsEach of these scholars sets forth his or her own understanding and their reasons for that understanding rooted significantly in biblical cultural and contemporary research as well as pastoral concernsThe essays underscore several thingsWith some exceptions the uestion is less what scripture says than what this is taken to mean for the church and how this is appropriated pastorallyWhile the tone of these discussions was irenic the disturbing reality was the support this gives to the pervasive interpretive pluralism scholars like Brad Gregory and Christian Smith level against Protestant Christianity At the same time these scholars model a serious effort at engagement that looks for common ground and perhaps in the future a reconciliation of their differencesThe essays and responses all model pastoral concern and compassion and respect for the dignity and character of LGBT persons as well as the challenge all in the church are faced with by the scriptures calling for integrity in our sexual livesBoth Hill and Holmes press a corollary of traditional understanding of marriage and sexuality that is neglected in much Protestant discourse the good of procreation and childrenLoader and DeFranza do raise an important hermeneutic uestion of how in other areas for example our understanding of the cosmos a heliocentric solar system the age of the earth many in the church have accommodated their understanding of scripture to these findings in science Is there similar warrant in matters of sexuality Hill and Holmes would argue that there is no basis for such a warrant concerning homosexuality and arrive at different hermeneutical outcomesPreston Sprinkle editor of this work makes similar observations and also helpfully frames the discussion at the start and points toward future work to be done The need for this is clear Often the disputes of the church have taken a century or to resolve The discussion of justification grace faith and works is five hundred years and running with significant recent explorations of common ground between Catholic and Protestant It occurs to me that a resolution will take further work along the lines of what these scholars doneI also believe the conversation needs to be expanded to listen to scholars and theologians from non Western backgrounds While this discussion included a woman and a self identified gay person it was a discussion among four white scholars One of my own concerns in this discussion is the exclusionary and culturally imperialistic conseuences of how the church in the West has often deliberated and acted in these matters and sometimes spoken pejoratively of the views of believers from other parts of the global Christian family Their voices must also be heard and honored