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  • Title: What God Has Joined Together? A Christian Case for Gay Marriage
  • Author: David G. Myers Letha Dawson Scanzoni
  • ISBN: 9780060774615
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover

  • 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, doGay 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 Letha Dawson Scanzoni
    David G Myers is a professor of Psychology at Hope College in Michigan, and the author of 17 books, including popular textbooks entitled Psychology, Exploring Psychology, Social Psychology and several general audience books dealing with issues related to Christian faith as well as scientific psychology.

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    Commentaires:

    Tyler
    The authors' approach in this book is to make the case for same-gender relationships from a rational perspective. They offer anthropological and psychological studies that point to the endurance of same-sex attractions, and the benefits of marriage for gay people and their children. They don't get to what the Bible says until page 84. If you don't follow their argument, or feel that the Bible trumps common sense and scientific knowledge, then this book won't change your mind. I personally found [...]

    Melanie
    I was particularly moved and made thoughtful by Chapter 2: "The Longing for Belonging." The authors describe themselves as "pro-marriage" and I think this chapter puts that in perspective. This book was respectful toward the differing Christian positions, relied on psychological research, and addressed the critical questions about same-sex relationships for Christian Scripture-based ethics.

    Rod
    I actually think this is a great book on gay marriage (for gay people). If you're going to be gay - you might as well be married. Love and loyalty and all that.BUT - the problem we have here is this book claims to be A CHRISTIAN CASE FOR GAY MARRIAGE, and then they boldy and UNBIBLICALLY state "What God Has Joined Together." They were desperate enough to put a question mark after that statement though (as if that means they are actually questioning something theologically). So funny.This book at [...]

    Gavin
    "The life of faith is a dance on the boundary between conviction and humility."This is a truly outstanding book for any Christian who still has lingering doubts about reconciling this contentious ongoing societal issue with their faith. It would also be a good book for a non-believer who wants to calmly and accurately reason with a stubborn fundamentalist Christian (or attempt to reason).Myers and Scanzoni lay bare the arguments against gay marriage, particularly the false idea that homosexualit [...]

    A.
    3.5 stars, so it rounds up to 4. I'm pro-marriage equality, so it's not like I disagreed with the authors' basic premises, but the tone of first few chapters sort of turned me off the book, and I didn't start to really appreciate what they had to say until chapter 5. That was where they started talking about biological causes of sexual orientation and were careful to emphasize that they were limited to the research available when they were writing the book (2005, so ten years ago as I write this [...]

    Eric Black
    What God Has Joined Together is certainly an interesting book for those decrying the condition of marriage in contemporary society.If the acceptance of same-sex marriage was strictly a matter of sociology and psychology, Myers and Scanzoni have written a slam dunk argument for affirming and even encouraging same-sex marriage. I would agree that being married to one's sexual partner is much better than not being married and is even expected by Christian scripture. However, a Christian approach to [...]

    Aaron
    A wonderful and concise argument for same-sex marriage, approaching the subject with a goal of seeking common ground to better explore what's really at stake. It's quite an eye opener to see how much common ground is shared. Written by heterosexual Christians, this book approaches both sides with gentle humility. If, by the end of this book, someone isn't convinced of their argument, it is simply because the reader would rather ignore the truth than gather the courage to face it. Highly recommen [...]

    Nathan
    This book is a good intro to the topic of homosexuality from a Christian perspective, and whether or not you think homosexuality itself is a sin, it makes a very strong case for allowing gay marriage in our society. It takes a serious look at what scripture says about homosexuality and I recommend this to any who are seeking more information on this very important and controversial topic in The Church.

    Keith
    There are many dimensions to this book, but one of the points that stuck out most to me is where Myer reminds us that it is not gays who are ruining the sanctity of marriage, but our own unfaithfulness and lack of commitment. Only 2%-3% of the population is gay, while the divorce rate and rate of stagnant marriages among heterosexuals is far beyond that percentage. Have we been conveniently distracted from the real problem of our own marriages today?

    Franziska
    I love David G. Myers, but this book wasn't too impressive. While they've done a great job discussing the research that would support gay marriage, and while they do a good job at laying out a faith-based basis of how we should treat others nicely, their discussion of the religious aspects of why gay marriage may/may not be acceptable simply isn't very convincing.

    Franziska
    A compelling read on why it may be good to let homosexuals marry from a Christian point of view. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting some ideas of what would speak for "gay marriage" in terms of research in the marriage department as well as thoughts on bible passages that discuss this topic.

    Alex
    Full of statistics and the results of various studies. I thought chapter seven was the most valuable part of the book. In it, the authors discuss what the Bible says about homosexuality and examine how people have misinterpreted and misused what the Word actually says.

    Jen
    2.75 stars.

    TJ
    Very good book. Good intro book for straight middle of the road christians. Well written and enlightening.

    Rachael
    Gracious writing.

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