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As My Own Soul: The Blessing of Same-Gender Marriage [Paperback]

by Chris Glaser
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July 1, 2009 1596271183 978-1596271180

With the removal of sexual orientation as a bar to ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), pending approval of a majority of presbyteries, and the Episcopal Church’s 2009 General Convention calling for the development of theological and liturgical resources for same-sex blessings, sexual orientation—especially with regard to marriage—is a central issue. Secularly, too, the topic is front-page news with the recent California same-gender marriage ruling and subsequent Proposition 8 vote and the update of the Massachusetts same-gender marriage law.

This book sets forth the case for religious institutions’ blessing of same-gender marriage, positing that same-gender marriage does not detract from the sacredness of heterosexual marriage, but rather enhances and nourishes the institution.

Chapters include:

  • “Claiming the Blessing”
  • “Deeper Than Scripture”
  • “Traditional Family Values”
  • “The Sacred Source of Marriage”
  • “Sex and the Body of Christ”
  • “Marriage As a Spiritual Discipline”

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: SEABURY BOOKS (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596271183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596271180
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and tightly reasoned June 17, 2011
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I have been a devotee of Chris Glaser's writing for many years. This book, like several other of his more recent works, was purchased at a book-signing when it was first issued, but in the way of the world, I did not in fact get around to reading it immediately. Then, a week ago, I attended a workshop on sexuality and spirituality presented by Chris, and decided that it was more than time to remedy the oversight.

This book is a major contribution to the current debate on extending marriage rights to GLBT people. It is extremely tightly reasoned, involving a thorough investigation of all the challenges, scriptural and cultural, that tend to work against full justice for same-gender couples. As I already knew from reading Glaser's other work, his scholarship is impeccable and his writing style is engaging and inspiring. This is no polemic, but is rather a genuine prayerful reflection on the real message of Jesus concerning relationships which can be easily overlooked as people try to bend scriptural texts to suit their own worldviews.

I am amazed that this is seemingly the first review of a really creative and extremely important book to appear here on Amazon!
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