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Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition

Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition
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Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition

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The Body of Christ is going through a time of severe fracture. Schism is taking place on a scale not seen since the 16th century, and the reasons for this come into clear focus on the issue of homosexuality. The gay Christian movement and revisionist theologians and exegetes have set up an array of arguments, often mutually exclusive, in favor of homosexual practice. This book addresses these arguments on a single point: can they withstand the evidence of the primary sources?

The authors intend to articulate the orthodox view-Biblical teaching held everywhere, always, and by all-by presenting primary sources throughout Christian history and by interpreting the Biblical texts in their cultural context. The first part of the book makes available the key primary sources for understanding the Christian Church's view on homosexuality through the centuries. It opens with a chapter on the gay Christian movement and then works chapter by chapter through church history: the patristic period, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation periods. It then explores teaching within different Christian traditions: the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the Evangelical movement, and mainline Protestant Churches, including the recent revisionist readings of the last few decades. The first part of the book concludes with an excursus on the Church's various views on slavery and women, in contrast to the consensus view of the Church on homosexual practice.

The second part of the book engages the more familiar Biblical material in the debate facing Christians today. Like the first part of the book, it focuses on primary sources while also engaging the revisionist interpretations of these texts. The relevant primary sources from the Ancient Near East, Jewish, Greek, and Roman literature are quoted and discussed alongside the Biblical passages. A fresh interpretation of the Biblical material involves, among other things, the story of Sodom, Israel's unique law against any homosexual acts, the meaning of "soft men" in Greek literature, the variety of homosexual practices in antiquity (not just pederasty), the various understandings of homosexual orientation in antiquity (including Paul), and the "nature versus nurture" argument in philosophy and Paul's letter to the Romans.

The book examines the conflicting and changing arguments of revisionist readings and argues that, in light of the overwhelming evidence of the relevant texts, the real issue is not one of interpretation but of Biblical authority and Christian orthodoxy.


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The Body of Christ is going through a time of severe fracture. Schism is taking place on a scale not seen since the 16th century, and the reasons for this come into clear focus on the issue of homosexuality. The gay Christian movement and revisionist theologians and exegetes have set up an array of arguments, often mutually exclusive, in favor of homosexual practice. This book addresses these arguments on a single point: can they withstand the evidence of the primary sources?

The authors intend to articulate the orthodox view-Biblical teaching held everywhere, always, and by all-by presenting primary sources throughout Christian history and by interpreting the Biblical texts in their cultural context. The first part of the book makes available the key primary sources for understanding the Christian Church's view on homosexuality through the centuries. It opens with a chapter on the gay Christian movement and then works chapter by chapter through church history: the patristic period, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation periods. It then explores teaching within different Christian traditions: the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the Evangelical movement, and mainline Protestant Churches, including the recent revisionist readings of the last few decades. The first part of the book concludes with an excursus on the Church's various views on slavery and women, in contrast to the consensus view of the Church on homosexual practice.

The second part of the book engages the more familiar Biblical material in the debate facing Christians today. Like the first part of the book, it focuses on primary sources while also engaging the revisionist interpretations of these texts. The relevant primary sources from the Ancient Near East, Jewish, Greek, and Roman literature are quoted and discussed alongside the Biblical passages. A fresh interpretation of the Biblical material involves, among other things, the story of Sodom, Israel's unique law against any homosexual acts, the meaning of "soft men" in Greek literature, the variety of homosexual practices in antiquity (not just pederasty), the various understandings of homosexual orientation in antiquity (including Paul), and the "nature versus nurture" argument in philosophy and Paul's letter to the Romans.

The book examines the conflicting and changing arguments of revisionist readings and argues that, in light of the overwhelming evidence of the relevant texts, the real issue is not one of interpretation but of Biblical authority and Christian orthodoxy.

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Table Of Contents

  • :
    part I: Christian Tradition And Homosexual Practice
               
    introduction To Part I
    chapter 1: The Gay Christian Movement
     
    historic Christianity And Homosexual Practice
    chapter 2: Church Fathers And A Distinct Christian Life
     
    chapter 3: The Middle Ages And Confessing Sin
     
    chapter 4: Renaissance And Reformation Confront Immorality
     
    the Modern Church And The Homosexual Crisis
    chapter 5: Roman Catholics And Orthodox On Historic Faith
     
    chapter 6: Evangelicals On Scripture And Conversion
     
    chapter 7: The Mainline Church And Revisionist Christianity
     
    excursus: Slavery And Women
     
     
    Part Ii: The Bible And Homosexuality
     
    introduction To Part Ii
    chapter 8: Sexual Ethics In Scripture And The Early Church
     
    creation And Law: Old Testament Texts And Homosexual Practices                                                                              
    chapter 9: The Old Testament Texts Addressing Homosexual Practice                                                                      
     
    chapter 10: Sodom’s Sins
                                                                                                                                                       
    chapter 11: Homosexuality In The Ancient Near East                                                                                                   
     
    chapter 12: Jewish Views On Homosexuality After Old Testament Times
     
    creation, The Law, And The Gospel: New Testament Texts And Homosexual Practices                             
    Chapter 13: The New Testament Texts Addressing Homosexual Practice                                                                        

     
    chapter 14: General Teaching On Sexual Ethics In The New Testament
     
    chapter 15: Law, Holiness, And Purity For God’s People: 1 Corinthians 5-7
     
    chapter 16: “soft Men” And “homosexuals” In 1 Corinthians 6:9
     
    chapter 17: Homosexual Orientation In Antiquity And Paul
     
    chapter 18: Paul’s ‘nature’/creation And Nurture/‘law’ Argument In Romans              
     
    chapter 19: Revisionist Readings Of Romans 1:24-28
     
    conclusion
     
     

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  • Catalogue Code 431568
  • Product Code 9781433687921
  • ISBN 1433687925
  • EAN 9781433687921
  • Pages 448
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Broadman & Holman Academic
  • Publication Date Feb 2016
  • Sales Rank #12058
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.544kg

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