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God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality (Queer Action/Queer Ideas Book)

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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 and dignity 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 New Testament, 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 nature and 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 more compassionate, informed conversation—and a first step toward creating one.

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Does the Bible prohibit homosexuality? No, says Bible scholar and activist Jay Michaelson. But not only that: Michaelson also shows that the vast majority of our shared religious traditions support the full equality and dignity of LGBT people. In this accessible, passionate, and provocative book, Michaelson argues for equality, not despite religion but because of it.

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About the Author

Jay Michaelson is the author of three books and numerous articles about the intersections of religion, sexuality, and law. A leading activist on behalf of LGBT people in faith communities, Michaelson and his work have been featured in the New York Times and on NPR and CNN. He is the founder of Nehirim, the leading national provider of community programming for LGBT Jews and their allies, and lives in upstate New York. 

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Table of Contents

A Note from the Series Editor

Introduction

Part One Why our fundamental values support, rather than oppose, equality for sexual minorities

Chapter 1 “It is not good for a person to be alone”

Intimate relationship heals the primary flaw in creation

Chapter 2 “I am asleep but my heart is awake: the voice of my beloved knocks”

A loving God could never want the “closet”

Chapter 3 “Love your neighbor as yourself”

Love demands authentic compassion for others

Chapter 4 “By the word of God were the heavens made”

Sexual diversity is natural and part of God’s creation

Chapter 5 “Thou shalt not bear false witness”

Honesty and integrity are sacred; “coming out” is a religious act

Chapter 6 “Justice—justice shall you pursue”

Inequality is an affront to religious values

Part Two What the “bad verses” really say about homosexuality

Chapter 7 Leviticus

One form of male intimacy is related to worship of foreign gods

Chapter 8 Sodom

Cruelty and inhospitality are the “sins of Sodom”

Chapter 9 The Gospels

What Jesus didn’t say about homosexuality

Chapter 10 Romans

Men not being dominant is a consequence of turning from God

Chapter 11 Corinthians and Timothy

Christians should not mingle with a pagan, idolatrous, lascivious society

Chapter 12 David and Jonathan

Love between men in the Bible

Chapter 13 Sexual diversity in Christian theology

How did we get here from there?

Part Three Why inclusion of sexual minorities is good, not bad, for religious values

Chapter 14 “You shall be holy, for I am holy”

Equality for LGBT people is good for families, marriage, and sexual ethics

Chapter 15 “When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me”

The growth of religious values is good for individuals and religious communities

Chapter 16 “Everyone whose spirit moved him brought an offering to God”

Sexual diversity, like other forms of diversity, enriches religious lives and communities

Chapter 17 “And I have filled him with the spirit of God . . . to devise subtle works in gold, silver, and brass”

What is homosexuality for?

Chapter 18 “For nothing in creation can separate you from the love of God”

Postscript

Acknowledgments

Table of Scriptural Authorities

For Further Reading

LGBT Religious Organizations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807001479
Author:
Michaelson, Jay
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Subject:
Religion World-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6.02 x 0.65 in 0.82 lb

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