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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438249616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438249612
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Rev. Justin R. Cannon is the founding director of Inclusive Orthodoxy (www.InclusiveOrthodoxy.org), a Christian ministry seeking a revitalization of the church that is inclusive of all people in the life and ministry of the church regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and also grounded in the scriptures and traditions of the Christian faith. Rev. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in The Episcopal Church as a deacon on June 4, 2011 and a priest on December 3, 2011. Rev. Cannon’s work has been featured in The Advocate, New York Times, Los Angeles Times. In 2006, Rev. Cannon was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s Top 100 most influential gay people of the year and in 2007 as one of Instinct Magazine’s Men of the Year. He is also the founder and director of a ministry in California called Holy Hikes (www.holyhikes.org) and has a strong interest in eco-theology and environmentalism.

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The Rev. Justin R. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He is the founder of Inclusive Orthodoxy and a published author/editor. From 2009-2012 he worked as Program Manager of Episcopal Charities, San Francisco, and he is currently serving as Priest-in-Charge at St. Giles' Episcopal Church in Moraga, California. Father Justin was ordained in the Episcopal Church as a deacon on June 4, 2011 and a priest on December 3, 2011.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and in 2006 Cannon was recognized as one of OUT Magazine's Top 100 most influential gay people of the year. In November 2007, he was honored as one of Instinct's 2007 Leading Men of the Year.

He is also the founder and director of a ministry in California called Holy Hikes and has a strong interest in ecotheology and environmental ministries.

Customer Reviews

Very concise and informative!
EGD
I found myself really thinking "wow, I wish I had read this a long time ago".
bryce
He makes a good argument that may make the skeptical Christian think twice.
Jasmine Jacobs

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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Barndt on March 9, 2011
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When determining right from wrong (or what would be considered
sin), I have always used Jesus' words as a sort of litmus test. When
asked what the greatest commandment in the law was, He replied, " 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is
the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it,
'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself'" (Matthew 22:37-39, KJV).
But Jesus did not stop there. He goes on in the next verse to say
that ALL of the law and ALL of the prophets are based on these two
commandments- "On these two commandments hang all the law and the
prophets" (Matthew 22:40, KJV).
It would appear that Jesus did not leave any wiggle room
or any room for interpretation concerning this matter. Plain and
simply put- for something to be considered sin, it must violate
one or both of these commandments. So I found myself wondering
since homosexuality does not violate either of these commandments,
how can the church's teaching that homosexuality is a sin be in
line with Jesus' teachings that all the law and all the prophets
(ie- everything) are based on these two commandments.

It was in seeking the answer to this question (as well as
others) that I picked up Justin R. Cannon's book "The Bible,
Christianity, & Homosexuality". I would categorize Mr.
Cannon's book as more Bible study than book. When I was a
teenager, a pastor told me never to "just accept" what a
speaker/writer has to say concerning scripture.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph E Bennett on October 21, 2012
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Excellent short treatise on the subject.  In order to be faithful to the Scripture, and the Commission given to us by Christ, we must find out the TRUTH  about homosexuality and Christianity.This book is a concise and quick read..
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Gates on March 4, 2009
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I found Cannon's overview and explanation of Greek words, historical context, passage-related context, contemporary Christian thought and Christian tradition to be a great starting point for further exploration. Cannon's source material is reliable, and his conclusions are well-founded. I highly recommend this, and I've bought a second copy to pass to friends and family who are interested, since I marked up my copy so much. For anyone who wants an introduction to the issues surrounding homosexuality within Christianity, this book is a fantastic jumping-off point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David W. Mello on August 24, 2013
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A good understanding of how the bible teaches and promotes love and kindness instead of hate and judgement. Get it now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H.G. Pony on August 10, 2013
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Ah! Though this book is an excellent and concise summary of the faulty logic and poor translations that have allowed antigay Christians to read bigotry into the Bible, there are a few places were the copyeditor clearly missed a misspelling or punctuation problem. I know that any reasonable person would look past such mistakes, but as these arguments are aimed at a group that includes a large proportion of unreasonable people (at least with regard to certain fronts in the "Culture Wars"), I hate that they would have any excuse to dismiss these well thought out apologies. If you're getting this for your own study definitely do, because it is very good, but if you are giving it as a "how about you change you mind and let me invite my boyfriend to Christmas already, Mom!" kind of gift, I'd recommend What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P.M. on June 10, 2013
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This was a good book it explained many inconsistancies that I have felt but could not explain. It has helped me to resolve the conflict between my self and my beleifs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Jacobs on May 10, 2013
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Cannon provides a different look into the bible verses commonly used to condemn homosexuality. He makes a good argument that may make the skeptical Christian think twice. The only thing I did not like was a few grammatical errors in the book. Despite this, I would still recommend this book for any Christian or gay individual looking for a different view on these scriptures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bryce on April 23, 2013
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I'll admit my hesitation in purchasing this book. As a Christian gay man, I've heard everything on both sides of the fence, and I really wasn't expecting much. I finished this book in one sitting because it's really quite simple to read and understand, without hype and drama and hassle. It quite simply lays out indisputable fact. I found myself really thinking "wow, I wish I had read this a long time ago". If you're like I've always felt and struggled with being gay and Christian, I urge you to buy this book. I'm so excited to have it that I've got it saved on my Kindle reader for iPad, and I'm going to carry it with me anywhere I go, especially for those family members that claim to love the same Jesus I do, but yet are filled with judgement and such. Thank you for such a wonderful book.
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