Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches

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Walter Wink
Fortress Press, Dec 1, 1998 - Religion - 133 pages
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Issues surrounding homosexuality threaten to divide the Christian churches and the people within them. This unique resource presents short pieces from some of the nation's most prominent church leaders - Protestant and Catholic, mainline and evangelical - who address the fundamental moral imperatives about homosexuality. Together they invite the reader to open his or her heart to the Spirit, to tolerance, and to Gospel values. Through personal testimony, factual clarification, and moral suasion, they provide much-needed clarity on the biblical witness and biblical authority, the nature or character of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and many related topics. Contributors include Elise Boulding, Ignacio Castuera, John B. Cobb Jr., William Sloane Coffin, Peggy Campolo, Bishop Paul Egertson, James A. Forbes Jr., Maria Harris, Barbara Kelsey, Morton Kelsey, Gabriel Moran, David G. Myers, Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Ken Sehested, Carole Shields, Donald W. Shriver Jr., M. Mahan Siler Jr., Lewis B. Smedes, and Walter Wink.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Personal Encounters
11
A Belated Justice Reflections on an Unpaid Debt
13
Thoughts from the Weekend of the Quilt
19
One Familys Story
23
Biblical Witness
31
Homosexuality and the Bible
33
Biblical Fidelity and Sexual Orientation
50
Assessing Christian Tradition
83
Where the Gospel Leads Us
85
Being Christian about Homosexuality
89
Prophetic Voices
95
In Gods House There Are Many Closets
97
Liberty to the Captives and Good Tidings to the Afflicted
105
The Challenge of Nonconformity
111
Acceptance and Blessing
119

What Are the Issues?
61
Homosexualities
63
Accepting What Cannot Be Changed
67
Homosexuality A Word Not Written
71
Exploring the Morality of Homosexuality
77
Baptism Bread and Bonds
121
SameGender Covenants
128
Afterword
133
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