by Keith Sharpe - £9.99 John Hunt Publishing (Circle Books) (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781846945489 | ISBN 10: 1846945488
The place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the Christian churches is a highly controversial issue. The stance of many manline churches is that homosexuality is sinful and incompatible with Christianity. In seeking to respond to attacks on their lives, identities and relationships LGBT Christians have moved over recent decades from a defensive position to a more affirmative position which asserts that there is evidence in the Bible and the Jesus tradition of validated homoerotic experience. This book presents a systematic overview of both defensive and affirmative positions.
In part one, The Defensive Testament, each 'biblical text of terror' used to demonise LGBT people is considered in turn. None of them has anything to say about consensual same sex love. In part two, The Affirmative Testament, homoerotic elements in various Bible stories including Jesus and the beloved disciple, David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi are revealed to make visible the place of LGBT lives in the Biblical tradition.
This book forcefully champions the equality of LGBT people in the Kingdom of God and challenges ecclesiastical homophobia.
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