- Paperback: 125 pages
- Publisher: Augsburg Books (September 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080063618X
- ISBN-13: 978-0800636180
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views
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"Christians challenged by questions surrounding Scripture on same-sex relations will find an invaluable chart for navigating these confusing waters." -- Joel B. Green, Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary (endorsement inside book)
"Gagnon's brilliant condensation of his arguments should be a significant asset for clergy and laity, while Via opens new challenges." -- Catherine Clark Kroeger, Associate Professor of Classical and Ministry Studies, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (endorsement inside book)
"I know of no finer presentation of all the main issues." -- Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge (endorsement inside book)
"I know of no other work that so clearly illumines the biblical issues at the heart of the controversy." -- Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School (endorsement inside book)
"Presents a vigorous, illuminating debate about the implications of scripture for contemporary attitudes toward homosexuality. I strongly recommend this book." --James F. Childress, Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics, University of Virginia (endorsement inside book)
About the Author
Dan O. Via is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Duke University Divinity School. He is author of several Fortress Press books, including The Ethics of Marks Gospel (1985), Self-Deception and Wholeness in Paul and Matthew (1990), and What Is New Testament Theology? (2002).
Robert A. J. Gagnon is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice (2001).
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If, on the other hand, you want a book that honestly points out the strengths & weakness of the arguments on BOTH sides of this question, this book is for you.
The book begins with Dan Via's presentation of the pro-homosexuality point of view, and Robert Gagnon follows with a presentation of the anti-homosexuality point of view. Both authors then follow up with a rebuttal to the other's presentation, an additional step which fairly well ensures that each's points are fairly presented & counter-argued.
On such a hot topic such as this, it is rare to find a book such as this one that treats the opposing point of view in such a fair and respectful manner. Unfortunately, most books on this subject (from both points of view) tend to be written in a very un-Christian manner, resorting to vitriolic name-calling rather than reasoned arguing.
(Note that my use of the terms pro-homosexuality & anti-homosexuality refer to the author's view of how God feels about the subject as expressed in the Christian Bible, and don't imply any personal hatred or bigotry by either author)
Dr. Gagnon contends that there are no good reasons to override the clear teaching of scripture. He says, "It is hard, when one sees another struggling with temptations, not to alleviate the struggle by permitting what Scripture deems sinful" (p. 92). He argues against declassifying homosexuality as a sin regardless of societal pressure to do so.
I was unconvinced by Via's reasons to override the scriptures, but I found his arguments useful in understanding those who take his stand.
I would recommend this book as an introduction to a scriptural view of homosexuality.