Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on by James V. Brownson

By James V. Brownson

Grapples carefully with biblical texts on the middle of the church's debate over same-sex relationships

This thought-provoking publication by way of James Brownson develops a wide, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture, locates present debates over homosexuality in that wider context, and explores why the Bible speaks how it does approximately same-sex relationships.

really featuring either side during this polarized debate — "traditional" and "revisionist" — Brownson carefully analyzes the entire pertinent biblical texts and helpfully identifies "stuck points" within the ongoing debate. within the method, he explores key options that tell our realizing of the biblical texts, together with patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and disgrace. primary to his argument is the necessity to discover the ethical common sense in the back of the text.

Written with a purpose to serve and tell the continuing debate in lots of denominations over the questions of homosexuality, Brownson's in-depth learn will end up an invaluable source for Christians who are looking to shape a thought of opinion in this very important factor.

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The standard text for this view of gender complementarity is John Piper and Wayne A. Grudem, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1991), which includes extensive discussions of the following texts: Gen. 1–3; 1 Cor. 11:2-16; 1 Cor. 14:33-36; Eph. ; 1 Tim. 2:11-15; 1 Pet. 3:1-7. 5. See Wayne A. Grudem, Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism? (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006); Kevin DeYoung, Freedom and Boundaries: A Pastoral Primer on the Role of Women in the Church (Enumclaw, WA: Pleasant Word, 2006).

60). He continues, “Only a being made from {adam can and ought to become someone with whom {adam longs to reunite in sexual intercourse and marriage, a reunion that not only provides companionship but restores {adam to his original wholeness” (p. 61). The last phrase of Gagnon’s sentence is particularly important: the sexual union depicted in Genesis 2 assumes the reconstituting of the original “wholeness” that was split into male and female. ” Gagnon says: The sexual union of man and woman in marriage, of two complementary beings, in effect makes possible a single, composite human being.

29. Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice, p. 58. 30. Schmidt, Straight and Narrow? p. 44. 31. This despite the most ambitious attempt by Karl Barth to argue that a complemen- 32 why another book on same-sex relationships? male and female must be present together in order to fully constitute the image of God, then those who are single do not fully reflect the image of God. This runs deeply against the grain of many passages in the Bible. , 2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 3:10; 1 Cor. 15:45). Unless we are to postulate an androgynous savior, something the New Testament never even contemplates, we cannot say that the image of God requires the presence of both male and female.

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