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on 27 March 2015
Very clearly presents two opposing views from serious Christians about homosexual practice. Both approsches command attention. Well worth reading by those who have made up their minds as well as those who are asking for real clarification of the issues.
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on 15 May 2013
This very much formed the bedrock of my Christian Ethics essay on Christian approaches to homosexuality. A very good read.
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on 2 March 2007
Homosexuality and the Bible - Two Views - presents the views of two scholars - Dan O. Via presents a defence of loving consenting adults engaging in a same sex relationship as not sinful and attempts to demonstrate that the biblical narrative has a meaning that is open to differing interpretation and that were the biblical narrative is clear in its condemnation of the same sex union this can be amended by new light from science etc. Dan labels the opposing views of Robert Gagnon as being those views influenced by presupposition brought to the biblical text.

Having read this book I found the arguments of Dan O Via to be clearly influenced by his presupposition that the homosexual state is a given state rather than a chosen state, in fact its not your fault you turned out that way its just the way the cards are dealt. This affects his main thrust of argument and comes across in a clearly illogical manner. He fails to respond to the valid question, if it's a given state then what about those who engage in incest and maintain a loving and consensual relationship is this state therefore unsinful.

Robert Gagnon's treatment of the biblical narrative is clear, concise and logical. Dan O Via regards the biblical narrative in such a manner that it becomes devoid of any authority and his attempt to justify sexual acts by the term "abundant life" seems ridiculous. For many people multiple sexual partners and perhaps sexual contact with children would also be considered as "abundant life". I can confess to having once believed and attempted to gain as many sexual partners as possible for my own gratification as being the way to an "abundant life" - I was very very wrong!
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