Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships

Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships

by James V. Brownson

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ISBN-13: 9781467437370
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 544,875
File size: 2 MB

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James V. Brownson is James I. and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. His other books include Speaking Truth in Love: New Testament Resources for a Missional Hermeneutic.
James V. Brownson is James I. and Jean Cook Professor ofNew Testament at Western Theological Seminary, Holland,Michigan. His other books include Speaking Truth inLove: New Testament Resources for a MissionalHermeneutic"

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Bible Gender and Sexuality by James Brownson is a wonderful text to help people explore their questions on faith and sexuality. As a gay catholic, I too struggled with reconciling my sexual orientation with my faith. All of those questions on what the bible says, how to think about this issue, and whether or not being gay is a sin all went through my head. Brownson does the leg work to really explore the topic from all sides. Other 'scholars' like Robert Gagnon who claim to have all the answers haven't done the exhaustive scholarship Brownson has. I highly recommend it! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As more Christians come out as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender, the church has to face the unpleasant reality the religious institutions have been some of the most unwelcoming places for this group of people. No one who is gay should have to choose between being gay and being a follower of Christ. This book offers hope that the Bible does not support the need to make this choice. Jim Brownson approaches this subject with the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor. In light of contemporary issues that face the church today, Brownson helps us understand the minds and cultures of the people that wrote the Scriptures, and how moral logic necessitates a more careful examination of what these passages mean to contemporary society.  He validates the experiential reality of those who identify somewhere outside the heterosexual mainstream and yet remain Christian.    He skillfully refutes Robert Gagnon (self-proclaimed "expert" on this topic) arguing, among other things, that the traditional doctrine of gender complimentarity is not normative for all people. Unlike Gagnon, I get the idea that Brownson sees gay people as PEOPLE, and not simply sexual offenders. Brownson beckons us to reconsider the non-affirming message that contributes to the toxic shame of gay and lesbian persons by the ambivalent response, “We welcome you, but we abhor the way you operate emotionally". His language is not flowery or emotional. It is not too technical or scholarly for the average person. This book IS a game-changer for those who believe that 6 bible passages should not be grounds for dismissing an entire group of people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over the past eight years of reading books in this genre, I have read dozens of books. Brownson's book "Bible Gender Sexuality" does an excellent job of tackling the Biblical objections most commonly presented in the conservative Christian arena. As I was reading Brownson's book, I was thrilled to see that a biblical scholar was taking a serious approach at tackling the controversy surrounding faith and sexual orientation from a point of view of gender. Being a female advocate in this conversation, it is apparent to me that the conservative church even today struggles with gender-based discrimination. Brownson clearly and methodically presents new questions and information the church has not productively considered in the last 40 years. The lazy approach to understanding the verses in the Bible used to create dogma about gay Christians has relied heavily upon what the black-and-white words on the page say. We have neglected to understand what those words mean. Brownson does a great job of explaining the difficult verses in context and history. Over the years, as I have had conversations with conservative pastors in hopes that they would consider broader understanding of biblical texts, it is apparent that many of these pastors have relied heavily upon the writings of Robert Gagnon. Prof. Brownson tackles Gagnon's objections with ease. Gagnon is masterful at taking a verse, making a supposition, calling that a fact and creating a "biblical truth." Brownson skillfully confronts those assumptions. If you are a church leader, or a pastor, and know that a shift is coming, and you do not know how to handle it or even how to have a conversation in your church, make this the first book you read to help you understand objections you have held. Any pastor, Biblical scholar, serious student of the Bible, or someone that needs help to overcome long-held objections should read Brownson's book. One of the primary beliefs held by the conservative church community and conservative political community that creates the strongest wall against marriage equality is the belief that marriage, as described in Genesis 1, insists that only one man and one woman can constitute an accurate reflection of God. Section 2 of Brownson's book addresses this brilliantly. If I were to pick ONE book, and have it placed on the desk of every conservative pastor in the United States, that book would be Brownson's book.