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

Westminster John Knox Press
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In the early 2000s, 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 the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Readers will
discover how reading snippets of Scripture out of context has led to
false and misleading interpretations of the Bible's message about LGBT
persons. 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.
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About the author

"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 par¬ticipate in God's blessing of same-gender relationships."

--from the introduction

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Publisher
Westminster John Knox Press
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Published on
Jun 1, 2014
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Pages
156
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ISBN
9780664239909
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General
Religion / Religion, Politics & State
Religion / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict
Religion / Sexuality & Gender Studies
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“God and the Gay Christian is a game changer. Winsome, accessible, and carefully researched, every page is brought to life by the author’s clear love for Scripture and deep, persistent faith. With this book, Matthew Vines emerges as one of my generation’s most important Christian leaders, not only on matters of sexuality but also on what it means to follow Jesus with wisdom, humility, and grace.  Prepare to be challenged and enlightened, provoked and inspired. Read with an open heart and mind, and you are bound to be changed.”
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From the Hardcover edition.
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