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The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart
     

The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart

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by Mark Achtemeier
 

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In the early 2000's, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive church. In The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage, Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding

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In the early 2000's, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive church. In The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage, Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding groups of people and the insights into the Bible's message that led him to recognize the fullness of God's love and support for LGBT persons. Readers will discover how reading snippets of Scripture out of context has led to false and misleading interpretations of the Bible’s message for gay people. Achtemeier shows how a careful reading of the whole Scripture reveals God's good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
Achtemeier, a Presbyterian minister, offers a readable explanation for his shift from opposing homosexuality to affirming committed same-sex relationships. In his pastoral capacity, he was uncomfortable to learn that same-sex individuals seemed to contradict scriptural promises of happiness. In order to make sense of how these individuals could attain happiness in loving relationships, Achtemeier offers a method for reading Bible verses in context and uncovering the intention of God for creation. In applying this method, he counters the standard verses used to condemn homosexuality. He closes by offering a comparison between injunctions against usury and those against homosexuality, claiming that differing historical circumstances can lead to new interpretations that do not upset the church’s foundation or purposes. While he offers nothing new to the debate about same-sex marriage, the work does provide a calm, compassionate, and reasoned argument in favor of expanding Christian sexual ethics to include same-sex couples. (June)
From the Publisher

"With his skills as a distinguished biblical scholar, his pastor's heart, and his personal integrity, Mark Achtemeier carefully explores what scripture says, and does not say, about same-sex relationships and marriage. This is the book we have been waiting for, biblically based, carefully researched, unapologetically Christ centered, and compellingly argued. It moved me deeply and it will make an enormous contribution to the conversation in the church, and beyond, about one of the most important moral issues of our time." --John Buchanan, Editor and Publisher, The Christian Century and pastor emeritus, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664239909
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
193,732
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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“This book is the story of a change of heart. In the middle 1990s I was a conservative church activist working hard to defend the ‘traditional’ teaching of my own Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) condemning homosexual practice…The following pages chronicle the journey with the Bible that took me from a personal stance of judgment and exclusion to a changed heart that longs for the day when the church will fully celebrate and participate in God’s blessing of same-gender relationships.”

—from the introduction

Meet the Author

Mark Achtemeier, Ph.D. has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 1984 as a pastor, writer, and theologian. He taught theology and ethics for 15 years on the faculty of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

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The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Thomas Blair More than 1 year ago
Compassionate, articulate, faithful and full of Christ's loving Spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In leviticus it states "thou shall not lie with a man as thou lie with a woman. It is an abonintion in the eyes of thy God. That sounds like a no to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a crock!! Just more of satans twisted lies