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

Mark Achtemeier, Ph.D. has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 1984 as a pastor, writer, and theologian. He taught theology and ethics for 15 years on the faculty of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

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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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