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Congregations in Conflict: The Battle Over Homosexuality in Nine Churches

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"One comes away from Mr. Hartmen's book with a renewed appreciation of the diversity and vigor of religious life in this country. At a time when fanatics of various stripes use faith as a smokescreen for intolerance and hate, it is valuable to be reminded that religious belief can foster a spirit of compassion and understand. ing". — Baltimore Sun<P>"Fascinating, highly-readable array of human stories.... Hartman has written the first book that reveals how the competing principles are being played out in the pews". — Windy City Times<P>"Hartman's message is one of hope....A readable, thought provoking study of the fomentations of faith within a community and within a congregation". — Washington Blade<P>"An invaluable beginning to the healing of misunderstanding on all sides". — Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

A Methodist church puts its minister on trial after he marches in a gay rights parade. A Quaker meeting struggles to decide whether to marry a lesbian couple. An entire congregation is thrown out of the Southern Baptist Convention for deciding that a gay divinity student had a sincere calling to the ministry, and an order of celibate monks comes out of the closet. An Episcopal priest blesses two same-sex relationships--then a closeted gay lawyer leads the charge to have him fired.

Homosexuality is the most divisive issue facing churches today. Like the issue of slavery 150 years ago, it is a matter that ignites passionate convictions on both sides, a matter that threatens to turn members of the same faith against each other, to divide congregations, and possibly even to fragment several denominations. Like slavery, it is an issue that calls up basic questions about what it means to be a Christian. How does one know right from wrong? Is the Bible fallible? Do good Christians always follow their church's teachings, or are they allowed to think for themselves on moral issues? And to what source does one finally look to determine what God really wants?

While many books have been written analyzing the scriptural and theological dimensions of the conflict, none has yet shown how it is being played out in the pews. Congregations in Conflict examines nine churches that were split by disagreements over gay and lesbian issues, and how the congregations resolved them.

Hartman explores in very readable prose how different denominations have handled their conflicts and what it says about the nature of their faith. He shows some churches coming through their struggles stronger and more unified, while others irrevocably split. Most importantly, he illuminates how people with a passionate clash of beliefs can still function together as a community of faith.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813522296
Subtitle:
The Battle over Homosexuality
Author:
Hartman, Keith
Author:
Keith Hartm
Author:
An
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J.
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Church controversies
Subject:
Homosexuality -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
33
Publication Date:
19960101
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.13 lb

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A Methodist church puts its minister on trial after he marches in a gay rights parade. A Quaker meeting struggles to decide whether to marry a lesbian couple. An entire congregation is thrown out of the Southern Baptist Convention for deciding that a gay divinity student had a sincere calling to the ministry, and an order of celibate monks comes out of the closet. An Episcopal priest blesses two same-sex relationships--then a closeted gay lawyer leads the charge to have him fired.

Homosexuality is the most divisive issue facing churches today. Like the issue of slavery 150 years ago, it is a matter that ignites passionate convictions on both sides, a matter that threatens to turn members of the same faith against each other, to divide congregations, and possibly even to fragment several denominations. Like slavery, it is an issue that calls up basic questions about what it means to be a Christian. How does one know right from wrong? Is the Bible fallible? Do good Christians always follow their church's teachings, or are they allowed to think for themselves on moral issues? And to what source does one finally look to determine what God really wants?

While many books have been written analyzing the scriptural and theological dimensions of the conflict, none has yet shown how it is being played out in the pews. Congregations in Conflict examines nine churches that were split by disagreements over gay and lesbian issues, and how the congregations resolved them.

Hartman explores in very readable prose how different denominations have handled their conflicts and what it says about the nature of their faith. He shows some churches coming through their struggles stronger and more unified, while others irrevocably split. Most importantly, he illuminates how people with a passionate clash of beliefs can still function together as a community of faith.

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