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Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church Paperback – February 10, 2009
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Chapter 1, "Studying Homosexuality for the First Time," describes Dr. Rogers' background as an evangelical and how he first began to study the issue of homosexuality in his local congregation.
Chapter 2, "A Pattern of Misusing the Bible to Justify Oppression," documents how leading theologians, for two hundred years, misused the Bible to try to justify the enslavement of people of African descent and the subordination of women to men.
Chapter 3, "A Breakthrough in Understanding the Word of God," shows how Biblical interpretation has changed for the better over the last two hundred years.
Chapter 4, "Interpreting the Bible in Times of Controversy," outlines the 7 guidelines on Biblical interpretation officially adopted by the Presbyterian Church and applies them to the issue of homosexuality.
Chapter 5, "What the Bible Says and Doesn't Say about Homosexuality," takes a close look at each of the passages that supposedly condemn people who are LGBT and shows that much of the conventional wisdom about these passages is simply incorrect.Read more ›
As a happily married, Bible-believing church member, I am deeply saddened when people misuse the Bible to drive people away from the church. And I'm very tired of hearing the erroneous claims that the Bible "clearly condemns" anything other than mom-pop-two-kids-&-a-dog families. The clearly presented scholarship in this book could open conversations with many people who take the Bible seriously and want to know how they can accept their gay relatives or neighbors. I'll be giving a copy to my church library and to several friends.
Barth, in the last months of his life, dictated a letter to a pastor struggling with the issue of homosexuality, in which he said that while he was too old to give the issue the attention it deserved, he suspected that if he were to rewrite the offending paragraphs in Church Dogmatics III.4, he would have said that homosexual relationships, too, shared in "freedom for community." That comment is brief, but striking, since "freedom for community" is precisely the divine gift in which heterosexual married partners participate, according to Barth.
To argue that Barth believed that the male or female is incomplete without the other does not mean that Barth concluded heterosexual marriage was normative for everyone. In fact, in the context of Protestant theology in the early 50s when Barth wrote III.4, he rather boldly praised vocational celibacy and reminded the reader that Jesus had no wife. Therefore, if Rogers is right, Barth believed that Jesus was "incomplete" or "not fully human" because he was unmarried.
On the contrary, if you dig deep enough, you can see a trajectory leading from III.Read more ›
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I would encourage all Christians to read this book. As Christians we have an obligation to seek clarity on how to respond to those in our communities who identify as being gay. Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by Simon
I bought this book to help me understand the liberal position of homosexuality within the church. It seems to me that the author takes some novel interpretations of scripture to... Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Rich P.
The Rev. Jack Rodgers is not only a remarkably compassionate human being, but also a gifted writer.
This book is as remarkable as the author.
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At a time when irrationality seems to be the cultural norm, a book which deals logically with a major theological issue is a breath of fresh air. Read morePublished on April 8, 2009 by T. Kara
Jack Rogers offers an excellent review of the passages most often used to confront homosexuality, and does so in a way that is easy to comprehend. Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by T. M. Arends
Elizabeth Barnes writes: "This book saddened me deeply.... This is a disservice to Christianity and to those who struggle to be chaste." Homosexual love, a.k.a. Read morePublished on November 1, 2008 by Lucifer
This book saddened me deeply. It unfortunately confuses Jesus' love and respect for all persons with approval of their behavior. Read morePublished on September 25, 2008 by Elizabeth Barnes