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What God Has Joined Together The Christian Case for Gay Marriage

ISBN-10: 0060834544
ISBN-13: 9780060834548
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Description: Gay marriage has become the most important domestic social issue facing twenty-first-century Americans -- particularly Americans of faith. Most Christians are pro-marriage and hold traditional family values, but should they endorse extending  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Gay marriage has become the most important domestic social issue facing twenty-first-century Americans -- particularly Americans of faith. Most Christians are pro-marriage and hold traditional family values, but should they endorse extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians? If Jesus enjoined us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and the homosexual is our neighbor, does that mean we should accept and bless gay marriages? These and other, related questions are tearing many faith-based communities apart. Across the country, states have voted, courts have debated, and churches have divided over the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. Amid the uproar one perspective is decidedly missing: that of thoughtful, pro-marriage Christians who, informed by their faith, are struggling to make sense of this issue. What God Has Joined Together? is an effort to bridge the divide between marriage-supporting and gay-supporting people of faith by showing why both sides have important things to say and showing how both sides can coexist. Drawing on scientific research as well as on the Bible, the authors explain that marriage is emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually beneficial for everyone, not just heterosexuals. They debunk myths about sexual orientation, assess claims of sexual reorientation, and explore what the Bible does and does not say about same-sex relationships. The book ends with a persuasive case for gay marriage and outlines how this can be a win-win solution for all.

David G. Myers is John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni has authored or co-authored eight previous books, including Men, Women, and Change: A Sociology of Marriage and Family , and her classic Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? She is editor and publisher of the Evangelical & Ecumenical Women's Caucus publication Christian Feminism Today . Her many articles have appeared in numerous magazines, from Christianity Today and The Christian Century to the SIECUS Report and Utne Reader . Scanzoni is the mother of two and grandmother of five. She lives in southeastern Virginia.

Acknowledgments
A Personal Letter to Our Readers
The Great Divide
The Longing for Belonging
The State of Our Unions
A Newer World
Understanding Sexual Orientation
Changing Sexual Orientation
What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say
What God Has Joined Together?
Gay Marriage
Epilogue
Why Marriage Matters
Attitudes are Changing
Discussion Questions
Notes
Index
PLUS

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