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Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage (Thoughtful Response) Paperback – July 28, 2014
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Kerby Anderson, President, Probe Ministries; Host, Point of View radio talk show
The marriage terrain has undergone a seismic shift over the past decade, leaving Christians disoriented and confused about where to turn for help. Thankfully, John and Sean have written a clear and reliable guide to all of the major questions. This is a book that trades in shrillness for substance, offers wisdom and not platitudes, and counsels faithful hope, rather than despair.
Matthew Lee Anderson, Lead Writer at MereOrthodoxy.com; Author, The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith
John and Sean have supplied the evangelical church with a much-needed, practical guide for reasoning well within the reality of same-sex marriage in our society. This well-written work is a sobering yet hopeful examination of the factors that have led to our current social ethic on sex, marriage and identity, as well as an insightful map showing the Christian community our pathway back to regaining our cultural influence. This book is a must read for everyone who is seriously seeking to move from simply winning arguments to the gospel call of winning souls.
Chris Brooks, Campus Dean, Moody Theological SeminaryMichigan; Senior Pastor, Evangel Ministries, Detroit, Michigan
Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor, Transformation Church, Indian Land, South Carolina; Author, Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future
Sean and John have lovingly and studiously offered a framework that will help believers sort through all the opinions, questions, emotions, debates and confusion happening on marriage and sexuality today. I am very thankful for this book!
Dan Kimball, Founding Pastor, Vintage Faith Church; Author of many books, including Adventures in Churchland
Spectacular! This is the book on same-sex marriage that we've all been waiting for. A clear, winsome and engaging treatment of one of the most important topics of our time.
Eric Metaxas, Bestselling Author, Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace; Cohost, BreakPoint
Biblically-informed, pastorally-focused, and culturally-sensitive, Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet have given us a superb guide to the same-sex marriage debate. They not only show us what's right and wrong, but they also offer us a way forward in repentance and faith. Read this as soon as possible.
C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee
Russell D. Moore, Ph.D., President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, www.russellmoore.com
So what do you think about same-sex marriage? It’s not if Christians will have to share their views on same-sex marriage but when. The problem is that many Christians don’t know what to say. Finally there’s a book that helps Christians think clearly, compassionately, and courageously about how they should engage the new reality of same-sex marriage. This book also offers practical wisdom for navigating difficult personal and family situations. Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet are to be thanked for engaging this important issue. When students raise the question of how to think about same-sex marriage from a Christian perspective, this will be the first book I recommend!
Jonathan Morrow, Speaker and Author, Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible's Authority Founder, ThinkChristianly.org
The mainstreaming of homosexuality is such a contentious issue in society today primarily because it creates a very radical view of human sexuality and the family that no society has ever faced before. Those of us trying to navigate this issue in thoughtfulness and truth have a valuable gift in what McDowell and Stonestreet provide for the Church in this important book. They are uniquely well-versed to provide this wisdom and insight, both from much study and experience as thought leaders.
Glenn Stanton, Director of Global Family Formation Studies, Focus on the Family
From the Back Cover
Sean McDowell (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the gospel message. A professor at Biola University in the apologetics program, Sean is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including "The Apologetics Study Bible for Students." He travels widely, speaking at camps, churches, universities, and conferences.
John Stonestreet is a speaker and fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, as well as the co-host with Eric Metaxas of "Breakpoint," the Christian worldview radio program founded by Chuck Colson. John is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, and churches on the subjects of theology, apologetics, and faith and culture. He holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bryan College and is the coauthor of "Making Sense of Your World."
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Before reading Same-Sex Marriage, one must consider a few things. First, the authors Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet are Christians and inherently work to keep their arguments in the “biblically correct” category. Those who are looking for an “unbiased” perspective on the topic might consider looking elsewhere. Second, this book was written so that the reader might be spurred to consider a point of view other than that which is familiar to him or her. Therefore, an open mind and a willingness to discard offense should be a prerequisite for reading this book.
The front cover of the book states: “Same-sex marriage is here. It went from unthinkable to legal at a dizzying pace. The question is, Now what?” Sean and John work throughout the book to answer this question through the presentation of facts in a non-threating manner. Under the pre-existing knowledge that this book is written to the Christian audience, they answer this question masterfully.
One thing that might have improved the read, however, would have been the discarding of a few of the stories that were laid on rather thickly during the beginning of the book. Understanding that this book is intended for the advancement of knowledge in this area, and not for a recreational pastime, the ridding of three or four stories would not have had a detrimental effect on the book, and definitely would not have diminished the power of the message.
As a Christian myself, I began reading this book with a closed attitude towards the LGBT community. Throughout the read, however, I have realized the importance of taking a stroll in another’s shoes, and accepting a person for who they are, though I may have a differing opinion on their choices. Altogether, this book was extremely insightful and opened my eyes to see past my one-sided beliefs on the topic.
I really appreciated the way that the authors used real respect in regards of the issues they talked about and the examples they used to make points. The book begins with a retrospective on the past twenties year, discussing how culture has shifted from being homophobic to being hyper protective of the gay community. Then the book takes a turn to discuss what marriage is. I thought that the approach that the authors took was noteworthy, instead of stating that same sex marriage is wrong and that’s that, they recognized that the true struggle in our society is the view of what marriage is.
The authors start their argument for marriage by looking at God’s view of marriage and taking the much beaten path of Genesis one and two. Through discussion in class and reading the book, I came to learn that there are essential and arbitrary ways of discriminating against certain groups. The authors say that some types of discrimination are born from animus and bigoted phobia, but others are for the preservation of the institution. An example that the authors used to explain this was if a mother’s group excluded a father from joining (which is preserving the essential nature of the group) or a small group excluding a man because of his hair style (which is arbitrary).
The book continues to use arguments for marriage that both include and omit the influence of biblical texts. The authors use outside sources, science, and history to support their view of “natural” marriage. The authors also use an argument later that advocates for marriage because of the safety that it provides for women and children. The authors strongly believe that a nuclear family is the best environment in which a child can be raised. This view is communicated through the book, and it’s argued that the difficulty inherent in divorce is meant by the government to protect the institution that is raising the future citizens of the country.
Same Sex Marriage has many important arguments for the value of marriage and what God says about marriage and family. One of the parts of the book that was most valuable to me was near the end when the authors walked through many situations in which a Christian would be confronted by same sex marriage and how they should thoughtfully and lovingly respond.
This book would not be good for someone new to Christianity, as it written towards the Christian who hopes to be able to defend their beliefs. This, however, makes the book perfect for the setting in which I read it, reading this book and discussing in class helped solidify my beliefs and learn how to thoughtfully approach conversations with advocates of same sex marriage. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn similar skills.