Dignity, Dogmatism, and Same-Sex Relationships

What Science and Scripture Teach Us

By Gilbert Rossing

Dignity, Dogmatism, and Same-Sex Relationships

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  • ISBN: 9781556359996
  • Pages: 252
  • Publication Date: 1/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $30.00
Web Price: $24.00
Web Price: $24.00

Dignity, Dogmatism, and Same-Sex Relationships

What Science and Scripture Teach Us

By Gilbert Rossing

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  • ISBN: 9781556359996
  • Pages: 252
  • Publication Date: 1/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $30.00
Web Price: $24.00

About-

In response to the current culture wars over same-sex marriage, hate crime legislation, and the legalization of gay rights, Dignity, Dogmatism, and Same-Sex Relationships provides a thorough argument for an ethics of intimacy in same-sex relations, based equally on science and the Bible. After a rigorous interrogation of modern definitions of sexual identity and the usage of biblical passages in support of cultural biases, the book redefines the notion of intimacy to include the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions that compose human relationships. It thus approaches homosexuality from a whole person perspective and attempts to create understanding, rather than foment divisiveness. This more comprehensive definition of intimacy allows for a compassionate reading of Scripture in ongoing conversations about the nature of homosexuality and the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender persons in society. It also encourages religious communities to do for same-sex couples what they already do for heterosexual couples: provide the information, counsel, and encouragement necessary to foster healthy sexual practices, meaningful interpersonal relationships, and a cohesive sense of community.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Readers will be deeply grateful to Gilbert Rossing for venturing this intellectual quest to understand homosexuality both scientifically and spiritually. This book provides clear categories for comprehending sexual identity and gender connectivity as dimensions of human being. His interpretation of the biblical and theological material dismantles stereotypes and constructs compelling ethical arguments for sexual intimacy. The sharing of personal narrative lends the entire project authenticity and makes the case compelling."
--Craig Nessan, Wartburg Theological Seminary


"Dignity, Dogmatism, and Same-Sex Relations is a fascinating, in-depth examination of homosexuality from a theological, historical, scientific, and ethical perspective. More than that, it is a powerful witness to the love of a father for his two gay sons--an amazing exercise in compassionate and considerate understanding. I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with this issue."
--Doug Bauder, Indiana University


"This courageous, wise, and much-needed book follows the personal journey of a Lutheran minister toward a scientific and theological understanding of gender and sexual orientation. Writing in a lucid, intellectually engaging style, Rossing is equally at home within the scientific and the theological realms. He makes the best case that we have ever encountered for why a Christian community should value love itself--whether oriented toward the same sex or the opposite sex--rather than perpetuate ungrounded prejudices against GLBT persons. Calling for the dignity of all persons and for extending the blessings of marriage to all loving couples, Rossing eloquently dismantles the arguments of religious dogmatists whose view of 'sexual perversion' is 'not consistent with either scientific evidence or a careful reading of scripture.'"
--John C. Bean and Rosalie (Kit) Bean, College Teachers of Rhetoric/Composition

Contributors-

Gilbert Rossing

Bio(s)-

Gilbert Rossing, a retired Lutheran minister, served thirty years as a pastor of Lutheran parishes (ELCA) in Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Castroville and San Angelo, Texas. He holds a Master of Theology degree from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Education degree from Portland State University.

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