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Straight and Narrow?: Compassion and Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1996 Books of the Year! Too often, Thomas Schmidt writes, the charged battle over homosexuality generates slogans and accusations--obscuring the struggling persons at the center of the argument. In this book Schmidt brings the discussion back into empathetic contact with the circumstances and the choices of individuals. At the same time he ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 23rd 1995 by IVP Academic
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Over the years I've become increasingly aware of a need to know more about the issue of homosexuality as various events have presented themselves to me, in my life. The latest event was the vote on Prop. 8 in California, the proposition to preserve the institution of marriage for a man and a woman. period.
I've been looking for the biblical support for such a position, which I have heard taught at our church, but increasingly I have also felt admonished to be accommodating to the idea that homose
A good book with some brighter and duller parts. It covers the topic of homosexuality from a conservative Christian perspective while still being humble and not overly emotional. I especially appreciated the parts of the book going into depth on all the passages of scripture and various translations of different passages from different perspectives. I also really appreciated an honest, non-hateful presentation of arguments. The author was able to go into depth into an issue (not being afraid to ...more
very balanced approach, using research by the 'pro' side on the medical stuff. And it was the medical stuff, in Chapter 6, that impressed me the most as arguing against a 'lifestyle' like this.

He willingly admits that he represents "that class of people responsible for the vast majority of sexual wrongdoing in the world today: male heterosexuals." That said, he goes to the other 'extreme' to say that it is individuals, not classes of individuals, who are properly the object of God's judgement a
David 'Wavey' Cowpar
This is the most comprehensive Christian survey on the issue of homosexuality, and for that alone it would deserve 5 stars.

However, I do not feel I would recommend this book to a friend because it is severely outdated.

I do hope the author does an updated and expanded version of the book (taking in new secular research since the time of original publication).
Then I think it would be the best book available on the topic!
This edition is old, but it gives very un-emotional evidence for NOT performing homosexual acts. The author carefully and caringly divides the acts from the character/personality. To 'be' homosexual is not necessarily to 'act' on it, as with many, many other parts of our lives. Perhaps the key is to note be defined by one particular 'aspect' of your life, especially your sex life, no matter you orientation.

Haven't finished the book yet: letting it 'digest' some in my own mind, before moving thru
Rob Tisinai
This is a terrible, terrible book -- even a dishonest one. The author makes generalizations about the gay population based on surveys of people seeking treatment for STDs. Frankly, if someone wrote a book about straight based solely on a sample like that, straight people wouldn't come off so well, either. Over and over, Schmidt used studies where the author says the results cannot be generalized to the entire gay population, but Schmidt goes ahead and does it anyway.

If you base your beliefs on t
Jeffrey Backlin
An overview of the homosexuality discussion.
viktor palenyy
3 and 1/2 if there was such a rating, but since i have to choose between the two...

Besides a few highly technical chapters, this book offers some good insight and research. The first and last chapters were the better out of the book.
Well written, lots to think about, compassionate. I'm still thinking about this one.
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