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The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-Sex Attraction

The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-Sex Attraction

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It's all very well to say that the Bible is clear when it talks about homosexuality. But is it realistic? Isn't it unrealistic and unfair to those who struggle with this issue? Doesn't it condemn them to loneliness, a lack of fulfilment and the loss of basic human satisfactions like sex and marriage? Is what the church teaches a plausible way of life?

Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to what the Bible says and what the church has always taught about marriage and sex. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues - but, at the same time, shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full.

He shows that the Bible's teaching seems unreasonable not because of its difficulties, but because of missteps that the church has often taken in its understanding of the Christian life. We have been shaped by the world around us, and urgently need to re-examine the values that drive our discipleship. Only by doing this in the light of the Bible, can we make sense of its call on the lives of those who are attracted to their own sex.

We have so often made Jesus' way sound like a bad deal. Only by reclaiming the reality of gospel discipleship, can we truly see and appreciate that life in Christ is the best way for any human life to be lived - whomever we are attracted to.

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About "The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-Sex Attraction"

It's all very well to say that the Bible is clear when it talks about homosexuality. But is it realistic? Isn't it unrealistic and unfair to those who struggle with this issue? Doesn't it condemn them to loneliness, a lack of fulfilment and the loss of basic human satisfactions like sex and marriage? Is what the church teaches a plausible way of life?

Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to what the Bible says and what the church has always taught about marriage and sex. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues - but, at the same time, shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full.

He shows that the Bible's teaching seems unreasonable not because of its difficulties, but because of missteps that the church has often taken in its understanding of the Christian life. We have been shaped by the world around us, and urgently need to re-examine the values that drive our discipleship. Only by doing this in the light of the Bible, can we make sense of its call on the lives of those who are attracted to their own sex.

We have so often made Jesus' way sound like a bad deal. Only by reclaiming the reality of gospel discipleship, can we truly see and appreciate that life in Christ is the best way for any human life to be lived - whomever we are attracted to.
- Koorong

Meet the Author

Shaw Ed

Ed Shaw is the pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol, England, and part of the editorial team at livingout.org. He loves his family and friends, church and city, music and books.

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Making a plausible case for the Christian life
5 stars By Rory, May 26 2017
Christianity has always been a radical, counter cultural way to live. It's a shame that we seem to have forgotten that! This book addresses the difficult issue of sexuality and shows how what the Bible says is not just true but makes sense. Shaw shows the mis-steps we have made in our thinking that lead to a watered down Christianity and encourages us to demonstrate the plausibility and deep satisfaction that a gospel shaped life can bring.
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Raises some great questions
4 stars By Josh T, Dec 17 2016
This book is very confronting. It looks at issues in the church and how Christians can be more welcoming to people of all walks of life, not just the stereotypical, straight, married people. Seeing as it looks at how we can develop as a church, it is applicable to all Christians, no matter what struggles you're having in your personal life.
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  • Catalogue Code 420371
  • Product Code 9781783592067
  • ISBN 1783592060
  • EAN 9781783592067
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Uk
  • Publication Date Feb 2015
  • Sales Rank #4069
  • Weight 0.240kg

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