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A very sensible and well-presented argument
on December 10, 2017
I find Jay Michaelson's writing a pleasure to read. He's very clear and easy to understand. And he adds just enough personal details and autobiographical anecdotes to introduce himself to the reader as compassionate and sensitive. He comes across as a good man whose thoughts and arguments we ought to listen to.
God vs. Gay? makes the sensible argument that Judeo-Christian morality with all its emphasis on compassion, love of neighbor, help for strangers should naturally be open to understanding and accepting LGBT people. What can it mean to "love your neighbor" if you discriminate against people for simply being who they truly are and telling the truth about that?
Michaelson very thoroughly explains the various supposedly anti-gay verses in the Scriptures. He writes from a highly-educated Jewish context, and explains the stories in Genesis and rules in Leviticus better than I've ever come across. And because he is a wise and broad-thinking eclectic, he can write about the Christian Scriptures as well. And then go beyond the words of any particular tradition to the "real meaning" of all religious teaching.
This is a VERY good book for preparing yourself for a Biblical argument with an anti-gay opponent in a debate or with a confused and upset parent who only wants the best for their child AND needs to understand what's in the Bible and religious teachings.
Especially for those with Biblical convictions who want to find the true meaning of the text, this is a wonderful introduction to the religion-and-homosexuality issue.
Reviewed by Toby Johnson, author of Finding Your Own True Myth: What I Learned from Joseph Campbell