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January 22, 2013


Steve H

I would add:
Eugene Rogers, Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their way into the triune God (Blackwell, 2000-ish) - by some distance the best case for a Christian ethical acceptance of gay marriage that I have read. Rogers understands what marriage is about in the Christian tradition. This, and Chris Roberts's book on the other side, are the serious theological treatments.

Robert Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice (Abingdon, 2001) - I confess to not always liking Gagnon's tone, but this is the go-to book for the strongest 'conservative' exegetical arguments. If someone wants to make a Biblical case for accepting gay/lesbian relationships, this has to be their primary dialogue partner

William Webb, Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals: Exploring the hermeneutics of cultural analysis (IVP, 2001) - alongside Hayes's chapter in the Moral Vision of the NT, the clearest guide to the hermeneutical issues at stake

Evangelical Alliance: Resources for Church Leaders: Biblical and practical responses to homosexuality (EAUK, 2012) - I have an interest, of course, but I think we did this really well; the bibliography is very complete, and the pastoral discussions very helpfully push beyond the 'right/wrong' to 'how do I actually treat people as a pastor?'

Andrew Marin, Love is an Orientation (IVP, 2010-ish) - again an interest; Andrew is a friend; but this is simply brilliant; a book about how to live together, talk together, love together, that happens to be written in the context of conservative religious reactions to gay people. When I publish on this topic, I have two great concerns, the first of which is, 'does it meet Andrew Marin's standards of loving engagement?'

Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting (Zondervan, 2010) - another book by another friend; Wes talks about what it is like to live as a conservative Christian (Wheaton College, then an intern in Piper's church!) knowing oneself to be gay. My second concern in writing is always: 'Will Wes Hill, and others with similar stories, find this life-giving, or condemnatory and/or impossible?'

David Kerrigan

Andy - your knowledge of and commitment to rigorous theology is a gift to us at a time like this. Thank you for perceptive posts in recent days, and this excellent bibliography.

Steve - I've never known a bibliography to lift my spirits the way your contribution above has. Knowing your own convictions, to have the grace to recommend the best of books on both sides is a testimony to the man you are. Thank you... You lead by example.

Paul Jackson

David and Andy, if we all can continue this dialogue honestly and openly in the way that reflects the comments you two guys have made it will be a postive witness to a watching world and a good example to an often dysfunctional church. Keep it up and God bless you both.

Ashley Lovett

Andy / Steve
If I wanted to read either (i) 1 book that attempted to engage with the issues from either 'side' of the debate (you know that's not really what I meant but as shorthand) or (ii) 2 books that give the most helpful biblical / theological engagement with the issues from alternative perspectives then what do you recommend? I ask partly because I was talking to a colleague and she wanted to know what I thought. Your help much appreciated.

Jonathan Tallon

A few more:
Brooten, Bernadette J. Love between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
A large part of this focuses on Romans 1:26-27. She believes that Paul is anti-homosexuality, although she also believes that the church should change.

Martin, Dale B. Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006.

And for those who can access it:
Townsley, Jeramy. “Paul, the Goddess Religions, and Queer Sects: Romans 1:23–28.” Journal of Biblical Literature 130, no. 4 (2011): 707-28
This argues that the context of Romans 1:26-27 was the religious sexual rites that accompanied worship of various goddesses, such as Cybele, Isis, Aphrodite, Ceres, Artemis, etc.

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