on 7 September 2015
Sadly, this issue provokes far too much "heat" and not enough thoughtful light. Having read and heard proponents of both sides of the debate, my personal observatation has been that people are too quick to dismiss solid books simply because they do not agree with their own personal theology. This is true of both sides, but my hope is that SSA proponents will honestly and thoughtfully engage with this book, as they seek to hear God's clear teaching of Scripture.
This book is a still probably the definitive defense of a "classic" reading of the Bible. It is a thorough and robust exposition of the consistent biblical teaching on this contentious issue.
Gagnon is not an "ultra conservative" when it comes to the actual text of Scripture (he upholds a version of the document hypothesis, with JEDP writers of the Old Testament, and "Deutoro-Paul" in parts of the NT). But this is actually a strength in this debate, as he is not simply "towing a party line" (i.e. just trotting out the same old, same old story).
If anyone reads him fairly, they will be forced to admit that SSA proponents, and especially those who claim to be "evangelical SSA Christians" are simply twisting Scripture to fit in with their lifestyle. Even the latest books (God and the Gay Christian) for example - are still demolished by this book, despite it being written several years previously.
If anything, this book could benefit from a slight "updating" to engage with current publications, but even without that update, it is still the definitive work on the issue, IMHO.