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A Time to Embrace: Same-Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics

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As rhetoric continues to heat up on both sides of the debate over same-gender unions, clearly reasoned statements are in short supply. Watching this debate unfold, William Stacy Johnson found that he could be silent no longer. The result is this finely honed book.In A Time to Embrace Johnson presents a brilliant analysis of the religious, legal, and political stakes in the ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Robert D. Cornwall
There has been a plethora of great books written of late on the question of same-gender relationships -- both in society and the church. Some like those of Jeff Chu and Justin Lee are wonderfully written conversations that speak from experience. William Stacy Johnson's book, now in its second edition, is perhaps the most helpful book of all. He writes of theology, scripture, and the law. He shares with us the spectrum of views and offers an alternative -- consecration -- that I believe holds the ...more
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
William Stacey Johnson is a gay-affirming theology professor at Princeton Theological Seminary (PCUSA) and also happens to be a lawyer. This is his look at the gay marriage issue from both the theological and legal perspective. It's an interesting read but I'd say definitely more on the academic end of things. The text is sometimes dry, in that academic sort of way. The book does contain a lot of interesting information, though.

The first part deals with the continuum of theological perspectives
Missy Mcleish
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm still in the middle of this book, but I want to recommend it because it tries to take all perspectives into account. I know the author, he was a professor at Princeton while I was there. I was privilidged to sit down and have dinner with him one night and talk a little about his approach. He wanted this book to be something that all christians could read and gain perspective from whether they agreed with him or not. He also doesn't just look at one area, such as what it means for the church, ...more
Tom Cox
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
While this book definitely comes from a bias of full acceptance by the church of gay lifestyles, its most significant contribution is in laying out the a progression of seven different Christian responses toward gays, from outright prohibition all the way to full ecclesial consecration, testing the arguments of each along the way. Before reading this book, I thought that it was more of a black-and-white, for-or-against issue. But the looking at the seven different positions, I realized that I wa ...more
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
This book is very well written and covers the same-sex marriage debate from several useful perspectives that aren't often addressed in conversation with one another. As a lawyer and theologian (I believe...), Johnson does a great job with scriptural exegesis and boils the law down into distilled and easily understandable points. From a religious perspective, I found this book very refreshing. I'm not entirely on board with Johnson's recommendations for political change but this is a thoughtful a ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
In the ever-shifting, constantly changing world of LGBT politics, this book, only 6 years old, already shows its age. If I had read it when it was first published in 2006, then I would have been blown away by incredibly new knowledge and insight. In 2012, however, I found myself saying, "well, duh" too many times.

Well written and well researched. I suppose my 3-stars are my personal reaction to the book. I value the ultimate call of this book: a call to higher dialogue and the embracing of LGBT
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, my-teachers
Stacy Johnson is the only person who could write this book. Being a theologian and a lawyer, he addresses both the theological and legal arguments around same-sex marriage. The book does an excellent job of showing that the issue isn't a simple dichotomy and that in fact dichotomizing it harms dialogue on the issue. This is significant given how the debate is often framed.

Only downside is that the book was published before the 2015 Supreme Court decision, so some of the arguments are outdated o
David A-S
Johnson's approach is thorough, pastoral, and deeply engaged with texts (scriptures, legal cases, and legislative work). Not only is context readably presented but engaged in a measured and thoughtful tone.
Pablo  Rodriguez
Jun 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Pablo by: Dave
This books looks at same-sex relationships and different ways that churches deal with those relationships. Also explores the legal implications of those relationships. An interesting and informative read from cover to cover.
Roland Clark
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Changed my opinion on gay marriage. See my full review here: http://andthewordsbecamebooks.wordpre...
Steve Dee
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
brilliant biblical and historical research
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