Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality : Explode the Myths, Heal the Church

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-25
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp

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In this revised and expanded best seller, Rogers argues for equal rights in both the church and society for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered people. He describes how he moved away from opposition to that support, charts the church┬┐s history of using biblical passages to oppress marginalized groups, argues for a Christ-centered reading of Scripture, debunks stereotypes about gays and lesbians, and explores texts used most frequently against homosexuals and gay ordination. In this newly revised edition, he maps the recent progress of major U.S. denominations toward full equality for LGBT persons, adds a new chapter that examines how Scripture is best interpreted by Jesus┬┐ redemptive life and ministry, and updates his own efforts and experiences. The book also includes a guide for group study or personal reflection.

Author Biography

Jack Rogers is Professor of Theology Emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary and Moderator of the 213th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Studying Homosexuality for the First Timep. 1
A Pattern of Misusing the Bible to Justify Oppressionp. 17
A Breakthrough in Understanding the World of Godp. 35
Interpreting the Bible in Times of Controversyp. 52
What the Bible Says and Doesn't Say about Homosexualityp. 66
Real People and Real Marriagep. 88
Recommendations for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)p. 106
All Are One in Christ Jesusp. 128
Appendix: Progress toward LGBT Equality in Other Denominations in the United Statesp. 137
Study Guide, by David Maxwellp. 147
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 211
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