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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060834544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060834548
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Coauthors Myers (who serves on the board of the National Marriage Project) and Scanzoni (of the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus) "take marriage... [and] our Christian faith seriously." Bringing together those two commitments to build a Christian case for gay marriage, they begin by arguing that marriage is good for society: marriage correlates to longevity; boys raised by married parents are less likely to commit crimes; married moms are less prone to depression than single moms and so forth. Why, the authors ask, should these good things be reserved for heterosexuals? They then consider what Scripture has to say about sexual orientation, rehearsing the by now familiar arguments that Jesus has nothing to say about homosexuality, and though the Bible does talk occasionally about homosexual sex, it does not deal with "loving committed homosexual relationships." Myers and Scanzoni's tone is calm, respectful and balanced. For example, though they present some of the latest scientific evidence about the causes of sexual orientation (including a chart of "mental rotation scores by sexual orientation"!), they also freely admit that scientific studies on this issue are still in the early stages, and that even conclusive scientific information "cannot... resolve values questions." With its traditional defense of marriage and its progressive embrace of same-sex relationships, this book cannot be pigeonholed, and that in itself is refreshing. (June)
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“A well-reasoned, important and timely contribution to the national debate.” (David Popenoe, Co-Director, National Marriage Project, Rutgers University.)

More About the Author

David G. Myers, Psychology of Psychology at Michigan's Hope College, is the author of seventeen books, and of articles in three dozen academic periodicals, from Science to the American Psychologist, and in four dozen magazines, from Scientific American to The Christian Century. For more information and free resources visit davidmyers.org.

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Quiet, thoughtful and well grounded commentary.
mrp
I've read several other good books on this subject, but if you only read one, this one should be at the top of the list.
Stephen D. Cohen
I hope that folks on different sides of the chasm will use this book to heal the terrible divide on gay marriage.
T. Eggebeen

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49 of 67 people found the following review helpful By T. Eggebeen on June 11, 2005
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Myers & Scanzoni have written a solid middle-ground book that builds lots of bridges. I hope that folks on different sides of the chasm will use this book to heal the terrible divide on gay marriage. Well written, easy to read, clear arguments, lots of information. Glad to read such a carefully balanced book; wonderful alternative to the angry bombast coming from both sides of the argument. - Tom Eggebeen
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Purdon on July 18, 2006
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This is an excellent book for those interested in learning about Gay Rights, Gay Marriage, and the alienation of Gays from traditional Religion. I was impressed with the chapter on What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say. It corrects mis-translations and points out that "the word Homosexuality is never used in Scripture" and didn't exist until the late 19th century. This is an a good resource for Bible students as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janis K. Tobias on March 20, 2013
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I appreciated the thoughtful review these authors document of varying views on marriage, and the well-written text.
The authors managed to stay respectful of both broad and narrow views of what appriately constitues marriage while still taking a position that invites rather than restricts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on August 4, 2013
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I recommend for anyone who is struggling with this issue. Very well thought out. I've recommended it to others who have found themselves with a friend or relative who is LGTB, and have never heard anything but praise.
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Published in 2005, this could seemingly be out of date -- but on this important issue, individual, case-by-case reformation of views and understanding has been so slow that this guide will doubtless have further lasting value, particulaly over the next 5 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marty Traver on January 26, 2013
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This book thoughtfully addresses gay Christian marriage in a compassionate and intelligent way. Using God's Word as a basis and keeping historical accuracy, this book gives a perspective in keeping with human rights and God's love for all people. I liked this book.
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This book gives a good outline of the case for gay marriage.

Yet, I am surprised it makes no mention of God's case for gay marriage. This because, the preacher - having pulled the wool over the eyes - has convinced the populace the Bible is the great enemy of gay marriage. Whereas, in truth, it is it greatest friend. I feel it my duty to speak of this here.

There is only one verse in the Bible that defines marriage as a union of two souls - a union made by God. And it involves two men. Don't take my word for it. Consider the word of one of the most brilliant men to rise to the papacy--John Paul I.

As bishop of commencement services of the seminary in Vittorio Veneto in the summer of 1960, Albino Luciani (John Paul I) spoke of falling in love:

"...Though the Bible's only account of falling in love (Samuel 18) involves two men: `It came to pass...the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul;' it applies to everyone...

Therefore we must hold in sanctified trust this most hallowed personification of God's creation--this perfect balance of mental energy that exists between any two people who fall in love.

The rest of this thing one calls `love' is nothing more than the animal in us. To think it pertains to body parts, is to say the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony pertains equally to apes in the wild as it does to human beings.

When Christ said: `Let no man put asunder what God has joined together,' He was speaking of that beautiful state of mind that exists when any two of God's children fall in love--no matter who those two people happen to be. A union made by God.
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This book along with "Gods Gay Agenda" by Sandra Turnball is the best of the many I've read. I also appreciate that the authors are straight supporters of gays, lesbians, and transgenders. Worth the price and time to read. Get it.
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