Married in the Sight of God: Theology, Ethics and Church Debates over Homosexuality

Married in the Sight of God: Theology, Ethics and Church Debates over Homosexuality

by Christian Batalden Scharen
     
 

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Married in the Sight of God is a case study into the contemporary sexual ethics debates in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Christian B. Scharen analyzes the origin, rhetorical use, and institutionalization of the Lutheran "orders of creation" theology used to exclude gays and lesbians. In addition, this study shows that the Lutheran tradition holds

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Married in the Sight of God is a case study into the contemporary sexual ethics debates in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Christian B. Scharen analyzes the origin, rhetorical use, and institutionalization of the Lutheran "orders of creation" theology used to exclude gays and lesbians. In addition, this study shows that the Lutheran tradition holds neglected possibilities for an affirming theological and ethical position that blesses the lives and leadership of people — homosexual or heterosexual — who make life-long promises of love and fidelity one to another.

Author Biography: Christian Batalden Scharen teaches at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Editorial Reviews

Reading In The Light Of Congregations - Rev. Wilton S. Haffey
Hopefully this work will provide guidance for those in leadership of the various churches as they seek to reevaluate their understandings of humanity, ministry, and God's creation.
Booknews
Opening with a dedication to "gay, lesbian, and bisexual Christians who struggle to be faithful to their loved ones in the midst of churches who will not yet fully welcome them," and Martin Luther's words about otherwise pious priests married in the sight of God, the author tackles the issue of how "unchangeable" norms may change through a case study of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Scharen, who by now may have earned his doctorate in social ethics in religion at Emory U., values an inclusive theology of marriage. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Reading In The Light Of Congregations - Rev. Wilton S. Haffey Jr.
Hopefully this work will provide guidance for those in leadership of the various churches as they seek to reevaluate their understandings of humanity, ministry, and God's creation.
Religious Studies Review
This book provides helpful background for pastors, seminary students, and theologians.
Reading In The Light Of Congregations
Hopefully this work will provide guidance for those in leadership of the various churches as they seek to reevaluate their understandings of humanity, ministry, and God's creation.
— Rev. Wilton S. Haffey, Jr.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761817697
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
08/23/2000
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.42(d)

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Christian Batalden Scharen teaches at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

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