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God Vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality


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The myth that the Bible forbids homosexuality--the myth of God versus Gay--is behind some of the most divisive and painful conflicts of our day. In this provocative, passionately argued, and game-changing book, scholar and activist Jay Michaelson shows that not only does the Bible not prohibit same-sex intimacy, but the vast majority of its teachings support the full equality anddignity of gay and lesbian people, from the first flaw it finds in creation (It is not good for a person to be alone) to the way religious communities grow through reflection and conscience. In short, Michaelson observes, religious people should support equality for gays and lesbians--not despite their religion, but because of it.

With close readings of the Hebrew Bible and NewTestament, the latest data on the science of sexual orientation, and a sympathetic, accessible, and ecumenical approach to religious faith, Michaelson makes the case that sexual diversity is part of the beauty of natureand that the recognition of same-sex families will strengthen, not threaten, the values religious people hold dear. This is an important book for anyone who has wrestled with questions of religion and homosexuality: parents and pastors, believers and skeptics, advocates of gay rights and opponents of them. Whatever your views on religion and sexual diversity, God vs. Gay is a plea for a morecompassionate, informed conversation--and a first step toward creating one.

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Beacon Press
Religion : Sexuality & Gender Studies
Michaelson, Jay
Social Science : Gay Studies
Social Science : Lesbian Studies
Publication Date:
October 2011

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Religion » World Religions » Sexuality and Gender Studies

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