The Children Are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships
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“Can two people of the same sex live in committed, loving relationship with the blessing of God?” That’s the question The Children Are Free brings to Scripture. This book is a comprehensive yet easy-to-read examination of the biblical evidence regarding loving same-sex relationships and God’s attitude toward them.
In Chapter One, the authors lead the reader through a discussion of each of the six passages traditionally used against gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. They demonstrate how an anti-gay interpretation is a misapplication of these scriptures.
Then, in Chapter Two, Miner and Connoley turn our attention to the biblical stories and passages that affirm loving same-sex relationships. Did you know Jesus once met a gay person? Jesus’ loving response is just one of the well-researched stories presented in this chapter.
Chapter Three asks readers to take seriously the call of Jesus to think more deeply about biblical rules. And Chapter Four calls Christians to action, making a connection between the conflicts in the early Church and those occurring within the Church today.
This book belongs in the library of any Christian questioning the role of Scripture in the lives of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, or the role of GLB people in the Church.
Short, clear, and amazingly easy to read
“This book is one of the best yet for Christians who are struggling to find a pro-gay understanding of Scripture.
Short, clear, and amazingly easy to read, this book does much more than offering loopholes or excuses with regards to the Bible. Instead, the authors combine careful research with . . . humor, personal stories, and numerous Biblical examples to make their case.
A must-read for anyone wanting to understand the Bible better!”
– from www.gaychristian.net
A Delight to Read
“Many books have argued that the Bible does not condemn same-sex relationships. In the vast majority of cases, however, the arguments sound like loopholes and excuses, not a sincere reading of Holy Scripture. (Sadly, this includes even the ever-popular [title].)
This book is remarkably different! The authors don’t make excuses or water down the text; instead, they take the Bible seriously and treat it respectfully, allowing the Bible itself to provide the best evidence for their case. Meanwhile, this book is so short, simple, and easy to read that anyone can benefit from it.
The Children Are Free is chock full of anecdotes and examples, making it a delight to read, even for people who don’t normally read about the Bible. Those of us more familiar with the subject will appreciate the clarity of the authors’ argument.
Other, similar books made me think, “Yeah, I guess I can see that,” but this one left me wondering, “How could you come to any other conclusion?”
– A reader from Raleigh, NC USA, review from Amazon.com