• RRP: £22.99
  • You Save: £3.51 (15%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we dispatch the item.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
+ £0.00 delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Greener_Books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: UK ORDERS DELIVERED WITHIN 3-7 WORKING DAYS. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships Paperback – 31 Mar 2013

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
£14.99 £13.17
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
  • +
  • God and the Gay Christian
  • +
  • Unconditional: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs-Christians Debate
Total price: £39.46
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802868630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802868633
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description


-Brownson's argument is careful and sensitive. . . . An important addition to the conversation on the Church's response to people in same-sex relationships.-

Books at a Glance
-[A] thoughtful, complex and comprehensive work.-

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson (from foreword)
-Instead of being trapped in shallow debates over the meaning of a few isolated biblical passages, James Brownson grounds his approach in foundational biblical understandings of gender and sexuality. He takes the Bible seriously, engaging it faithfully and deeply, and he encourages the reader to do the same. . . . The church needs this book.-

David G. Myers
-- author of A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists
-With gentle wisdom Brownson reveals an implicit moral logic beneath scriptural teachings about sexuality and same-sex relationships. His insights -- which are both prophetic and pastoral -- build a much-needed bridge across the sexual divide that separates people of shared biblical faith.-

Brian McLaren
-- author of Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words
-Jim Brownson has written what I believe is a 'game-changing' book on the hotly disputed topic of same-sex orientation and relationships in light of the Bible. He approaches the biblical texts with no less care and respect than the most conservative or traditional scholars, but he makes overt and clear what many seem unconscious of -- the moral logic that operates in a text. By surfacing and grappling with that moral logic, Brownson can explore the why behind the what of biblical prohibitions. In so doing, he provides not only a masterful work on human sexuality in light of Scripture, but also a model for the kind of robust and faithful biblical hermeneutic that our churches desperately need at this point in our history.-

Peggy Campolo
-- speaker, writer, and editor
-If ever a book spoke the good news of the gospel with biblical authority to those children of God who happen not to be straight, it is this book. Brownson addresses with clarity an issue that is tearing the church of Jesus Christ apart, as he gently insists that all of us allow new facts and insights to illuminate our understanding of what Scripture has to say to gay and lesbian Christians.-

Booklist (STARRED review)
-An outstanding presentation of academic scholarship to general readers. . . . Reframes biblical debate about same-sex relationships. . . . This strikes to the heart of the Bible-versus-homosexuality fracas.-

Englewood Review of Books
-Fascinating and incredibly helpful. It would be hard to suggest that Brownson is anything other than meticulous, transparent, and authentic in his treatment of the issues and of scripture.-

Studies in Christian Ethics
-Perhaps the greatest challenge facing those seeking to argue a biblical basis for same-sex unions is that -- in contrast to debates over gender equality or war or remarriage after divorce -- the canonical evidence is uniformly, often strongly, negative. Brownson's work asks whether there is anything inherent in the moral logic that shapes the Bible's discussion of one-flesh unions that not only assumesbut also requires' (p.106, italics original) such unions to be male and female. Answering in the negative, he has presented the most thorough case so far that one can still be faithful to the Bible by going beyond its explicit witness in this area and appealing to moral logic and cultural change to argue that what is normal in the biblical witness' -- only male-female sexual unions -- may not necessarily benormative' (p. 109, italics original).-

Library Journal
-A remarkably thorough, patient, and learned treatment of the knotty questions that surround Christian stances toward same-sex relationships. . . . [Brownson's] writing and thinking are deliberate and clear, and may supply a crucial tool for discussion based neither on impulse nor unexamined cultural tradition.-

The Bible Today
-This thoughtful book bears reading as an example of a civil and earnest discussion of a sensitive issue.-

Theological Studies
-An ambitious challenge to Christians to read the Bible imaginatively if they wish to understand more fully elements found in committed same-sex relationships.-

Biblical Theology Bulletin
-In the ongoing debate surrounding same-sex relationships in general, and same-sex marriage in particular, James Brownson's recent work is a welcome addition, providing a calm and well-reasoned examination of Christian Scripture that can be appreciated by all sides of the debate. Regardless of whether or not a person ultimately agrees with Brownson's conclusions, readers on all sides should find food for thought at numerous points throughout the book.-

Review of Biblical Literature
-This work has taken the church forward in its deliberations regarding the same-sex debate, both in terms of the centrality of Scripture and of the concerns that face us today.-

Times Literary Supplement
-A thorough discussion. . . . Brownson concludes that it is crucial to frame passages that worry about ancient cultic sexual excess or hierarchical relationships between men and women in the cultural assumptions of their time. These assumptions may be as alien for many today as are those of the ancient Near East on slavery.-

About the Author

James V Brownson is James I and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. His other books include Speaking Truth in Love.

Customer reviews

Top customer reviews

9 January 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
18 October 2015
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
22 November 2014
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
31 December 2014
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
6 August 2013
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
10 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
26 March 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
9 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
22 June 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?