Authors: Glen H. Stassen and David P. Gushee
Hardcover: 540 pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Today, I will discuss Sections IV and V of the book. Section IV deals with human relationships and sexuality and Section V deals with the issues of love and justice.
In Section IV, the authors tackle some of the most pressing issues related to Christianity and sexuality today: marriage and divorce, homosexuality, birth control and gender roles. Some of this issues are “hot button” issues in Christianity. But, in my opinion, the authors successfully separate the emotions from the debate and leave the reader with a solid discussion of the issues.
I found these chapters to be interesting especially the discussion on homosexuality. While only four and a half pages, the authors manage to tease apart the arguments and deal with the issue of homosexuality in a way that proclames the truth in love. Some of the things the authors say in these four pages are bound to ruffle some feathers, even if their conclusion lines up with the Evangelical line.
In Section V, the authors discuss what they believe to be the central norms of Christianity: love and justice. For me, this is the heart of the book. I think that the vast majority of the issues discussed in the book (with a few exceptions) can be boiled down to matters of love and/or matters of justice.
In this section, the chapter that stood out to me was the chapter on justice. more specifically how some in the Christian tradition skip over the biblical emphasis of justice. It is here that the authors hope to reclaim the biblical understanding of justice by examining how Jesus dealt with injustice.
For me, this book just keeps getting better and better. To be honest, I don’t agree with the authors on every position they take, but for the most part, I do agree with them. I look forward to reading the rest of the book and seeing how the authors tackle some of the other issues.
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