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Books at a Glance "[A] thoughtful, complex and comprehensive work. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson from foreword "Instead of being trapped in shallow debates over the meaning of a few isolated biblical passages, James Brownson grounds his approach in foundational biblical understandings of gender and sexuality. He takes the Bible seriously, engaging it faithfully and deeply, and he encourages the reader to do the same. The church needs this book. David G. Myers — author of A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists "With gentle wisdom Brownson reveals an implicit moral logic beneath scriptural teachings about sexuality and same-sex relationships.
His insights — which are both prophetic and pastoral — build a much-needed bridge across the sexual divide that separates people of shared biblical faith. Brian McLaren — author of Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words "Jim Brownson has written what I believe is a 'game-changing' book on the hotly disputed topic of same-sex orientation and relationships in light of the Bible.
He approaches the biblical texts with no less care and respect than the most conservative or traditional scholars, but he makes overt and clear what many seem unconscious of — the moral logic that operates in a text. By surfacing and grappling with that moral logic, Brownson can explore the why behind the what of biblical prohibitions.
In so doing, he provides not only a masterful work on human sexuality in light of Scripture, but also a model for the kind of robust and faithful biblical hermeneutic that our churches desperately need at this point in our history. Peggy Campolo — speaker, writer, and editor "If ever a book spoke the good news of the gospel with biblical authority to those children of God who happen not to be straight, it is this book.
Brownson addresses with clarity an issue that is tearing the church of Jesus Christ apart, as he gently insists that all of us allow new facts and insights to illuminate our understanding of what Scripture has to say to gay and lesbian Christians. Reframes biblical debate about same-sex relationships. This strikes to the heart of the Bible-versus-homosexuality fracas. Englewood Review of Books "Fascinating and incredibly helpful.
It would be hard to suggest that Brownson is anything other than meticulous, transparent, and authentic in his treatment of the issues and of scripture. Studies in Christian Ethics "Perhaps the greatest challenge facing those seeking to argue a biblical basis for same-sex unions is that — in contrast to debates over gender equality or war or remarriage after divorce — the canonical evidence is uniformly, often strongly, negative.
Library Journal "A remarkably thorough, patient, and learned treatment of the knotty questions that surround Christian stances toward same-sex relationships. The Bible Today "This thoughtful book bears reading as an example of a civil and earnest discussion of a sensitive issue.
Theological Studies "An ambitious challenge to Christians to read the Bible imaginatively if they wish to understand more fully elements found in committed same-sex relationships. Biblical Theology Bulletin "In the ongoing debate surrounding same-sex relationships in general, and same-sex marriage in particular, James Brownson's recent work is a welcome addition, providing a calm and well-reasoned examination of Christian Scripture that can be appreciated by all sides of the debate.
Regardless of whether or not a person ultimately agrees with Brownson's conclusions, readers on all sides should find food for thought at numerous points throughout the book.
Review of Biblical Literature "This work has taken the church forward in its deliberations regarding the same-sex debate, both in terms of the centrality of Scripture and of the concerns that face us today.
Times Literary Supplement "A thorough discussion. Brownson concludes that it is crucial to frame passages that worry about ancient cultic sexual excess or hierarchical relationships between men and women in the cultural assumptions of their time. These assumptions may be as alien for many today as are those of the ancient Near East on slavery. Ultimately, when I first began to question the sinfulness of homosexuality I was questioning two things: why it was wrong to love someone of the same sex and why God would not change this in people that are genuinely seeking Him.
I know a prominent argument for gay affirming Christians is that homosexuality is naturally defined in infancy and cannot be changed. And I agree. I have read the arguments from affirming Christian theologians like yourself that point out the biblical perspective that sinful tendencies are just as bad as the actions themselves — as conveyed in the Sermon on the Mount. Therefore, homosexuality, in both behavior and orientation, is either all bad or all good.
And I think I agree with you. But I also believe that there are people out there that have natural sinful tendencies that are resistant to change — such as pedophilia, alcoholism, or even insanity. But what do we, as Christians, say to these people?
Since their unchanging tendencies and natural desires are inherently sinful, does that mean that who they are is ultimately sinful as well? In this frame of light it makes more sense to say that actions are the sin, not the orientation. Which is what I have heard from many traditionalists about homosexuality. So my ultimate question is this, logically, if we are to agree that there are sinful tendencies that are resistant to change but should still be restrained, then how can we ever say that homosexuality much be accepted because it too cannot be changed?
Brownson may have a better answer, but I think personally, that it is not necessary or right to say that homosexuality must be accepted because it cannot be changed. Rather, I think Dr. That monogamous, committed, homosexual relationships can be fitted into a Biblical ethic, not because homosexual orientation is unchangeable, but because these relationships are good and not bad.
LCH, I can agree with your thoughts. If pedophilia is also innate as they claim to be and unchangeable then how many proclivities are we to accept? So, how far down the slippery slope do we go? The crucial issue is that sexuality is not inherently holy; the question is whether or not various forms of sexuality are redeemable.
I do believe, however, that committed sex between LGBTQ people is capable of being redeemed within a covenantal context. I read your book and I hope you can do another. No questions for you today, but I wanted to thank you for writing and speaking. Please continue! I had more harm than help from my church on this topic when my gay daughter came out I will not go into the hurt of that experience. Hopefully with leaders like you fostering non-hostile conversations, we can get to a point of giving as much grace and understanding to LGBT families as is given other families in churches.
On this issue, people tend to throw Scripture with a stone behind it. No other type of person in church is getting hammered like this. I ask those who make such comment to please not throw out the baby with the bath water look at Jesus instead.
And my second concern is the LGBT youth who are rejected by religious parents and left homeless. These parents are largely acting on their interpretation and indoctrination received in their churches.
I believe the word homosexual was not in the Bible before around , but that did help add fuel to them being against gays. I found your book to be a huge encouragement and challenge when I read it and it made me consider a lot of things about my life, perspectives and daily choices I make as a Christian.
I can tell this ongoing conversation they desire stems largely from their discomfort and sadness that I do not agree with them.
They are wonderful people, so generous and so loving, but this issue is something they seem unswerving on. Recently the issue of the first century understanding of homosexual relationships came up and they feel based on things they have researched and read and shared with me via emails I have from them that Paul in fact did have a grasp on consensual homosexual relationships and therefore was very accurately able to speak to and in fact was addressing the issue of any kind of same-sex relationships in his writings as being unacceptable.
I know you have addressed this somewhat in your book and your blog, but I was hoping you could direct me to concrete and original sources you have studied in order for me to understand this aspect of the issue better and how it affects a biblical perspective on the allowance of loving, same-sex, Christ centered relationships?
Sorry for the length, but this is something that now consumes a lot of my thoughts and is so near and dear to my heart because of how it affects my family and my life that I have to be ready to give good and truth filled answers, especially to my parents as they continue to push and question me in my beliefs. What is in dispute is whether these were pederastic men with boys or men with slaves or whether they were between adults.. The latter is extremely rare, and even where such adult-adult relationships may have existed, the evidence for such relationships enduring over long periods of time in life-long commitment is even rarer.
So I think that the first thing to do in a conversation like this is to ask for the actual evidence from the ancient world, and then to explore that evidence in more detail. And then, there is yet a further issue: to what extent do we have evidence that Jewish or Christian thinkers contemplated such long-term committed relationships, and explicitly rejected them?
That evidence is, as far as I know, nonexistent. He thinks just because there is some sort of evidence in the literature its adequate to assume that these type of relationships exited. What he does use is the Greek word arsenokoites, which is a clear allusion to Leviticus , a prohibition between adult men having sex with each other. Perhaps Jonathan was gay, and David perhaps bi-sexual; at least it implies that in the descriptive words in 2 Samuel Kay — it only reads that way if you read into it.
Brownson, Have you followed the work of the United Reformed Church in Great Britain on the issue of same sex marriage as they are working through the implications for their member congregations? They just published the record of their General Assembly held in June with this issue as its single agenda topic. I found their Statement reprinted as Appendix 1 a very gracious expression of the willingness to live with the same tensions the RCA is experiencing.
Please debate James White or one of the other scholars on the other side of this issue! Some Christians have gained the understanding that orientation is set in the womb and that would mean by design. Not sure your book goes into the biological aspect of orientation, but I see it giving gays more support for them having family relationships like heterosexuals.
The best that anyone has come up with asking the question and including bi-sexuals is 1. Most of arguments used in interpretation are nonsensical, implying that scholars for three millenia were all screwed up and now a sympathizer comes along to straightened us out.
All unbelievers are an abomination to God. Hell would not be the destination if it were not so. Shameful actually means the same thing. A change of mind is necessary to salvation. Continuing as you are not believing His words makes a change of mind about who Christ is seem unlikely.
Pingback: Resources — The Agape Initiative. Thank you for your book which I just finished.