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Straight and Narrow?

Straight and Narrow?

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1996 Books of the Year!

Too often, Thomas Schmidt writes, the charged battle over homosexuality generates slogans and accusations--obscuring the struggling persons at the center of the argument.

In this book Schmidt brings the discussion back into empathetic contact with the circumstances and the choices of individuals. At the same time he offers thoroughly researched and up-to-date information and assessment from an evangelical Christian perspective on all the main points of the debate. He includes chapters on what the Bible really says (and means) about homosexuality, the health effects of homosexual behavior, whether or not people are born with homosexual orientations, and the cogency of recent progay reconstructions of history such as John Boswell's.
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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1996 Books of the Year!

Too often, Thomas Schmidt writes, the charged battle over homosexuality generates slogans and accusations--obscuring the struggling persons at the center of the argument.

In this book Schmidt brings the discussion back into empathetic contact with the circumstances and the choices of individuals. At the same time he offers thoroughly researched and up-to-date information and assessment from an evangelical Christian perspective on all the main points of the debate. He includes chapters on what the Bible really says (and means) about homosexuality, the health effects of homosexual behavior, whether or not people are born with homosexual orientations, and the cogency of recent progay reconstructions of history such as John Boswell's.
-Publisher.


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Meet the Author

Thomas E Schmidt

Thomas E. Schmidt (Ph.D., Cambridge University) teaches English, Philosophy and Creative Writing at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, California, and is Editor of Portfolio Literary Magazine. He is former Professor of New Testament at Westmont College. He has written several books Straight & Narrow?: Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate,Trying to Be Good: A Book on Doing for Thinking People, A Scandalous Beauty: The Artistry of God and the Way of the Cross and Hostility to Wealth in the Synoptics (Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement) and numerous professional journal articles.

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Theologically sound and sensitive
5 stars By Joel Radford, Feb 21 2013
In our current climate, affirming homosexual behaviour as sinful is not the easiest thing to do. Yet Schmidt takes the task in hand and completes it faithfully and sensitively in his book.

Firstly, Schmidt introduces himself in Chapter 1 in an effort to build some form of rapport with the reader. Chapter 2 then looks at the falseness of the two common arguments for homosexuality (the Bible does not condemn it; or the Bible's condemnation should be qualified). Then Chapters 3, 4 and 5 give a solid exposition of the Biblical passages concerning right sexual behaviour and homosexuality. Chapter 6 is an unpleasant chapter outlining the toll that homosexual behaviour takes upon the human body. Chapter 7 looks at the debate whether homosexuals are born, made or both. The book then closes with a chapter of summary statements and practical advice for Christians attempting to help homosexuals.

My only concern is that the book is a little dated (published 1995) and so a good proportion of the statistical data given in Chapter 6 is no doubt behind the times. But apart from that, the book is a faithful treatment of the difficult issue.

If you are trying to help those caught in the sin of homosexually or struggle with the sin yourself, 'Straight and narrow' is a valuable resource. 
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  • Catalogue Code 83895
  • Product Code 0851111572
  • EAN 9780851111575
  • Pages 239
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Uk
  • Publication Date Jun 1995
  • Sales Rank #25898
  • Dimensions 220 x 139 x 18 mm
  • Weight 0.272kg

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