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Perhaps you are the aunt or uncle of a young woman who has been living her life with another woman, and now you're invited to their wedding, and although you love her, you're not sure how you feel about marriage for two women. Or maybe the co-worker who came out to you a couple of years back has now invited you to his wedding to another man, and you're not sure if you should go, being uncomfortable with the whole notion of gay marriage. Perhaps you're a member of a church in a denomination that now blesses same sex unions, but can't understand how, as a Christian, your church can officially approve of and support such a relationship. Or maybe you want your denomination to be more accepting of gay men and lesbians and their relationships, but you don't know what arguments to use in convincing your fellow parishioners that this would be a good thing. Maybe you are gay or lesbian yourself, but can't seem to find the words which would help your resistant parents or judgmental sibling in accepting you and your beloved partner, and you're looking for a book to give them which would answer their misgivings about you and your relationship. You may feel that changing the definition of marriage after thousands of years is a risky and unwise thing to do. Or perhaps you have a desire simply to learn more about this social change phenomenon which seems to be sweeping the nation and its religious institutions.
Maybe you're concerned that gay marriage threatens the separation of church and state and is a threat to your church and what you believe. You think of yourself as being somewhat supportive of gay people, but this "marriage thing" goes a little too far, and you're looking for help in sorting through the religious, legal and social issues raised by the affirmation of gay relationships. After all, isn't it better for children to be raised by a mother and a father? And doesn't the Bible clearly condemn homosexuality? And you don't have time to read one of the books which deals with only one aspect of this issue.
I wrote God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage just for you!
There's a lot to sort through in this issue that seems to be sweeping the country, and arousing fierce passions in its wake. I have tried to imagine a conversation between me and you. In countless conversations I've had with people just like you, I have heard and understood the legitimate concerns and questions you have about gay marriage, and each one of those concerns/questions becomes the subject of a chapter in the book. Using good theology, reasoned secular arguments and a respectful tone, I have attempted to make the case that citizens of the United States and members of religious communities should be supportive of this development in our common life.
While I may not convince you of the rightness of gay marriage, I at least hope to open your minds and hearts to the possibility that this could be a responsible, godly and wise development. I even think it might make it possible for you to go to that gay wedding you've been invited to, with joy and appreciation for the love exhibited between these two people. Because in the end, God believes in love!
He makes a good case for those who have no involvement in gay marriage to join in supporting it.
This book is a must-read for anyone seeking insight and wisdom around issues of the inclusion of LGBT people, particularly in religious communities.
The well-respected Bishop Gene Robinson has again shown us that in the end, our sexuality is not an issue to God; God's love prevails.
Awesome book! Highly recommended for anyone who is struggling with the reconciliation between spirituality and non-heterosexual identity issues.Published 20 hours ago by Aaron Geringer
A wonderful book, filled with good information for "conflicted Christians" and all who believe that we were ALL created in the Divine Image. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Judy Lewis
This is one of the most loving written books about gays. It is great, wonderful and full of good family readingPublished 6 days ago by george P dominick
There is no way I can write a review of this book without upsetting someone. It is nearly impossible in today’s religious climate to discuss gay and lesbian issues without creating... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Reid Mccormick
Though well-intentioned, Robinson avoids central arguments against the revisionist view of marriage, such as the irrelevance of procreative norms- permanence and sexual fidelity,... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Daniel J Hatch
As a woman who is marrying the man of her dreams in just three short weeks, this could not be a more perfect read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather Bradford
This is a lovely, touching, and occasionally deeply frustrating account of Gene Robinson's personal journey as a gay man, as an Episcopal bishop, and as a well-spoken voice on... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joy E. Parker
Clear presentation of the issues given with the understanding that only one who has lived the challenges can give. Very we'll writtenPublished 7 months ago by Janice Wheater-Cowen
Once egos, prejudices, stereotypes, fears, hate, and whatever other baggage we humans bring to the table, once you block all of that out, as Jesus did, it really is simple and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brent L Hendrix