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What Christians Think about Homosexuality Paperback – October 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0941037839 ISBN-10: 0941037835 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: D & F Scott Pub Inc (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941037835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941037839
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Larry Holben holds a B.A. in English Literature from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin & the Catholic Worker Movement (Rose Hill, 1997) and has written non-fiction articles and reviews for the Los Angeles Times, Sojourners, The National Catholic Reporter, The Episcopal Review, and The San Francisco Catholic. He wrote the screenplay for two movies, The Hiding Place (Worldwide Pictures, 1975) and No Longer Alone (Worldwide Pictures, 1978) and worked on the television series This Is the Life. He is a frequent lecturer at colleges, churches and Catholic groups, discussing the Catholic Worker Movement or homosexuality and the Christian faith .

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
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L.R. Holben has written an elegant and readable book about oneof the most difficult and contentious issues facing the ChristianChurch today. His work makes a substantial contribution in the service of an accurate understanding of widely differing positions and honest, informed dialogue between those who hold these positions.
Holben's book sets out to provide a straightforward, objective presentation of current scholarship and theological opinion on the issue of homosexuality that is both thorough and accessible, and in this it succeeds admirably. The most striking feature of the book is its structure: Holben explores six points along what he terms "a spectrum of conviction" about homosexuality, using a comparative grid of twelve questions which are asked of each of the positions. The points along the spectrum that he explores range from Condemnation to Liberation, and the comparative grid he uses in the course of his exploration leads us from questions about the sources of moral authority, through the psychological, moral and spiritual significance of homosexuality, to the moral opinion of each position and its consequences for the lives of individuals, the Church and society. A cross-perspective critique of each position is also presented, to which each position then responds. The clarity and objectivity of this structure allows each position to be presented in a way that is true to its own internal logic, and also makes it easy for comparisons to be made between positions when they address particularly contentious issues.
This book will be invaluable for individuals and groups who seek to be fully informed about the nuances and theological foundations of all positions on the issue of homosexuality and the Christian faith.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1999
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Holben has made a unique contribution to understanding this issue -- one of the thorniest confronting the Christian church today. In a remarkably even-handed way (the author takes no position) he has drawn from the seminal thinkers representing six distinct perspectives (the fact alone that there are that many will surprise some), spanning the most conservative to the most liberal, and significant points in between. An interesting feature of the book is that positions "speak" to each other, countering and clarifying arguments. Although it is not a theology book per se, all of the key theological and Biblical issues are well covered. This would be an excellent book both for individuals wanting to be better informed, and for groups of people who want to begin the conversation about an issue that threatens to be one of the most (if not the most) divisive issues the Christian church must deal with.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1999
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I have never seen a book of this kind. In six chapters it covers a continuum of viewpoints on homosexuality, from far right to far left--while endorsing none. It will be extremely valuable to anyone who wants to understand the theological perspectives of those who agree OR disagree with them on this issue. It can be useful in argument, and may even open doors to dialogue. The book is thorough, well-researched, and beautifully written. It's a real find for serious, committed Christians of all stripes who want to think about this issue.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2004
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I have read the first five reviews of Holben's book, all of them glowing. I agree completely with all of them. I add my own comments only because I am a professional theologian in a major Christian denomination, with both biblical and moral theological training and credentials. Holben's treatment of my denomination's position(s) is articulate, precise, and spot-on accurate, even to technical vocabulary and fairly abstruse theological concepts. I surmise his treatment of other perspectives is equally accurate and insightful. On this score alone, he is far and away superior to anything else I've read on the topic.
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