Did past societies condone homosexuality? This thorough study answers those who revise the message of Scripture, by using the Bible, Jewish literature, and information from ancient cultures. It provides the knowledge necessary to respond with confidence, compassion, and honesty to demands that Christians accept active homosexuality.
In recent decades universal reconciliation (UR) has sharpened its attack on evangelical faith. By their fiction and nonfiction, and by film (The Shack), universalists such as Paul Young, Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, and others are propagating the idea that the love of God trumps all other attributes of God including his holiness and justice. From this starting point universalists believe that all people are born as children of God, that all are going to heaven, that all must embrace God's love. Those who reject God in this life will repent after death and escape hell. Even the devil and his angels will repent from hell and go to heaven. Universalism is an old idea. Christians have confronted UR since the third century and refuted it as heresy--heresy because UR believes that faith in Jesus is unnecessary. Thus, the death of Jesus Christ as an atonement for sin becomes unnecessary. Through his acquaintance with Paul Young, De Young is increasingly concerned that Young and other universalists are misleading many. In this book De Young challenges all the arguments that universalists make--their appeals to the Bible, to logic and reason, and to church history--and shows that they are unconvincing.
Ours is a time of rapid cultural change with new economic challenges. People look to their governments for leadership and solutions. But what can and should government do to meet the difficulties that beset a nation? What can citizens expect from their elected representatives? What is reasonable? And what should citizens do? What are their responsibilities? This book addresses such fundamental issues through the eyes of Scripture and against the backdrop of North America's dual heritage of Christianity and humanism. Government, politics, and the Bible do not seem like a good mix. But as this book aims to show, the Bible has much wisdom to teach us about the place and role of government and its citizens. Biblical principles work because God knows how his world and his servant governments are supposed to function. After all, he ordained the governing authorities, and the principles enunciated in his Word are timeless and remain practical. This book introduces fundamental biblical principles that apply to government and politics. The intent is to inform and to motivate the reader to get involved where possible in the political processes of the day. Our legislators need the input and help from their knowledgable Christian constituents.
Offers practical guidance for Christians who have gay friends, family members, or who struggle with their own sexuality.
This is an introduction to African Christian Ethics for Christian colleges and Bible schools. The book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the theory of ethics, while the second discusses practical issues. The issues are grouped into the following six sections: Socio-Political Issues, Financial Issues, Marriage Issues, Sexual Issues, Medical Issues, and Religious Issues. Each section begins with a brief general introduction, followed by the chapters dealing with specific issues in that area. Each chapter begins with an introduction, discusses traditional African thinking on the issue, presents an analysis of relevant biblical material, and concludes with some recommendations. There are questions at the end of each chapter for discussion or personal reflection, often asking students to reflect on how the discussion in the chapter applies to their ministry situation.
The Flame of Yahweh offers a thorough exploration of gender relationships and sexual activity in the Old Testament. Topics include sexuality in Eden, the elevation vs. the denigration of women, exclusivity vs. adultery and pre-marital sex, permanence vs. divorce and remarriage, intimacy vs. incest, and sexuality in the Song of Songs.
Virtually every scholar on both sides of the same-sex discussion eventually addresses the account of Sodom found in Genesis 19. However, in recent years, scholars have tended to downplay the importance of this chapter in relation to this debate. This book challenges this trend and seeks to demonstrate how the account of Sodom plays a key role in our understanding of a God-ordained sexual ethic, especially in light of Genesis as Torah--instruction for both ancient Israel and for the Church. ""Peterson has written one of the best books to deal with the contemporary issues surrounding homosexuality, lesbianism, gay rights, and gay marriage. He convincingly shows that the arguments of both past and contemporary defenders of same-sex behavior fall far short of both Christian tradition and logical coherence. He affirms there is no positive assertion anywhere in the Bible that God accepts same-sex behavior, nor is there an exhortation that Christians or culture should accept such behavior."" --James B. De Young, ThD, Author of Homosexuality: Contemporary Claims Examined in Light of the Bible and Other Ancient Literature and Law ""Peterson offers a thorough and forthright assessment of one of the Old Testament's most hotly-debated biblical passages. Regardless of one's position on the contemporary issues related to this challenging text, all who are interested in the relevance and application of scripture to the issue of human sexuality will need to reckon with Peterson's analysis and argument."" --Brian P. Irwin, Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto ""In this thorough treatment of biblical and other Sodom texts, Peterson makes a vital contribution to the current debate about the Bible and same-sex sex.The hot-button issue is never far removed from what otherwise could on its own be merely 'dry' exegesis, making the book an interesting and important read. This is good, careful, indispensable scholarship from a good mind, and a brave one at that.Sodom is back on the docket."" --J. Glen Taylor, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto ""In simple, readable language, based on solid scholarship and careful research, Peterson has written the definitive treatment of the sin of Sodom, making clear that a key reason the city was destroyed was rampant sexual sin, manifest specifically in homosexual acts. By refuting the pro-homosexual, revisionist interpretations of Genesis 19, Peterson has done a real service to the church and to all those who want to take the scriptural account seriously."" --Michael L. Brown, PhD, Author ofCan You Be Gay and Christian? Brian Neil Peterson is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He is the author of Ezekiel in Context (2012), The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History (2014), and John's Use of Ezekiel (2015)."
In Slaves, Women & Homosexuals William J. Webb tackles some of the most complex and controversial issues that have challenged the Christian church--and still do. He leads you through the maze of interpretation that has historically surrounded understanding of slaves, women and homosexuals, and he evaluates various approaches to these and other biblical-ethical teachings. Throughout, Webb attempts to "work out the hermeneutics involved in distinguishing that which is merely cultural in Scripture from that which is timeless" (Craig A. Evans). By the conclusion, Webb has introduced and developed a "redemptive hermeneutic" that can be applied to many issues that cause similar dilemmas. Darrel L. Bock writes in the foreword to Webb's work, "His goal is not only to discuss how these groups are to be seen in light of Scriptures but to make a case for a specific hermeneutical approach to reading these texts. . . . This book not only advances a discussion of the topics, but it also takes a markedly new direction toward establishing common ground where possible, potentially breaking down certain walls of hostility within the evangelical community."
This listing of several thousand nonbelievers includes ancients such as Euripides; French revolutionaries and statements by or about countless individuals including Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Hugh Hefner, Jack Nicholson, Sally Jesse Raphael, Christopher Reeve, Salman Rushdie, Carl Sagan, Ted Turner and Jesse Ventura. This book makes a case not only for the respectability of nonbelievers but also for their positive outlooks and creativity.
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