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The Gay Faith: Christ, Scripture, and Sexuality Paperback – May 23, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The author clearly feels very strongly, and is very knowledgeable, about this subject. He has thoroughly footnoted everything that he says, clearly backing up his points and empowering the reader to go further and research the subject themselves.
This book provides a passionate, enjoyable and well researched account of homosexuality in the context of religion, and I would highly recommend it.
My only issue is that he assumes the individuals spoken of by Paul in 1Cor 6:9 and 1Tim 1:10 were necessarily homosexual. In other words, one cannot infer that the people were gay and sold into slavery, but I propose were regular men or women, but specifically men in these scripture references, that were involved in sex trade and slavery that included gay sex. So, if a slave owner buys you they can force you to do whatever sex acts they want or need you for. Therefore, I am not 100% convinced that these were already "gay" men that were targeted for the sex trade. Other than that, his points are well backed up and thought through, albeit extremely (and I do not say this lightly) redundant in many instances. If you take out all the "bashing" that he does, you probably have upwards of 40+ pages of good material-the rest, is unnecessary.
That's all. Have a warm and fuzzy day.
He presents his case to win and it may enlighten some. I am learning more and more: forgive or you will not be forgiven. Have mercy or you will be given no mercy. Darkness cannot bring more light to the topic. Nor those who make darkness into light as has been done by many on each side.
The author sounded like he had something valuable to say when I started reading the book. It was certainly filled with footnotes to help the reader to get the most out of what he had to say. He was correctly critical of those religious groups that lay burdens on the backs of their believers and in time turn them away from the church. He was also critical of those who misrepresented their beliefs to the faithful. Unfortunately Mr. Sphero seems to mislead also. In appendix C , the section entitled "But how reliable is the Bible?", he states the following: "The reliability of the modern Bible cannot be disputed. We have the orginal documents in tangible -- physical -- form strewn throughout the world in climate controlled vaults, secure archives, banks and other locations that shall remain nameless." This is seriously misleading on several counts. First, if they are around, why haven't they been published and made well known rather than hidden away? If it bolsters his argument about the accuracy of the Bible, then why hide them from believers?
Second, I know of no serious textual scholar who believes that to be the case. Those who do the study and research repeatedly tell us that one of the biggest problems in checking the language of the Bible is the absence of such originals. Later copies do not all match in their exact wording. Some have added verses and others have characteristics of writing not matching the style of the claimed author. Sphero's argument that these were written by eye witnesses is also very suspect. This leads me to wonder just how much other misrepresentation is in this work? Read with care!