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In The Children Are Free, Rev. Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley offer a comprehensive yet easy-to-read examination of the biblical evidence regarding loving same-sex relationships and God's attitude toward them. In Chapter One, the authors lead the reader through a discussion of each of the six passages traditionally used against gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. In the In The Children Are Free, Rev. Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley offer a comprehensive yet easy-to-read examination of the biblical evidence regarding loving same-sex relationships and God's attitude toward them. In Chapter One, the authors lead the reader through a discussion of each of the six passages traditionally used against gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. In their friendly and authoritative style, they demonstrate how an anti-gay interpretation is a misapplication of these scriptures. Then, in Chapter Two, Miner and Connoley turn our attention to the biblical stories and passages that affirm loving same-sex relationships. Did you know Jesus once met a gay person? Jesus' loving response is just one of the well-researched stories presented in this chapter. Chapter Three asks readers to take seriously the call of Jesus to think more deeply about biblical rules. And Chapter Four calls Christians to action, making a connection between the conflicts in the early Church and those occurring within the Church today. This book belongs in the library of any Christian questioning the role of Scripture in the lives of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, or the role of GLB people in the Church.


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In The Children Are Free, Rev. Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley offer a comprehensive yet easy-to-read examination of the biblical evidence regarding loving same-sex relationships and God's attitude toward them. In Chapter One, the authors lead the reader through a discussion of each of the six passages traditionally used against gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. In the In The Children Are Free, Rev. Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley offer a comprehensive yet easy-to-read examination of the biblical evidence regarding loving same-sex relationships and God's attitude toward them. In Chapter One, the authors lead the reader through a discussion of each of the six passages traditionally used against gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. In their friendly and authoritative style, they demonstrate how an anti-gay interpretation is a misapplication of these scriptures. Then, in Chapter Two, Miner and Connoley turn our attention to the biblical stories and passages that affirm loving same-sex relationships. Did you know Jesus once met a gay person? Jesus' loving response is just one of the well-researched stories presented in this chapter. Chapter Three asks readers to take seriously the call of Jesus to think more deeply about biblical rules. And Chapter Four calls Christians to action, making a connection between the conflicts in the early Church and those occurring within the Church today. This book belongs in the library of any Christian questioning the role of Scripture in the lives of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, or the role of GLB people in the Church.

30 review for The Children Are Free: Re-Examining the Biblical Evidence on Same-Sex Relationships

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Barth

    It was a well thought out, researched view of the bible. The interesting thing about it, is that I have always been tought to read not just a scripture but the scriptures before and after so that you see the whole picture of a script or story. This book confirms that and takes it a step further with the research of meanings of words and how they were translated....While as I have read comments of this book saying it is this authors emotional opinion of this topic, i have to say that Preachers an It was a well thought out, researched view of the bible. The interesting thing about it, is that I have always been tought to read not just a scripture but the scriptures before and after so that you see the whole picture of a script or story. This book confirms that and takes it a step further with the research of meanings of words and how they were translated....While as I have read comments of this book saying it is this authors emotional opinion of this topic, i have to say that Preachers and Teachers also put their own emotional opinion forth when reading and delivering lessons from the bible, so this author has the same right. I think this book just helps us understand that we must do the soul searching, the scripture proof searching to make up our own minds on the ultimate WWJD question concerning Same-Sex relationships.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jinger

    As a heterosexual Christian, I've often been bothered by the fundamentalist church's view that homosexuals are an abomination and condemned to hell. I wanted more information to support the feelings in my heart of love, support and compassion for my gay brothers and sisters in Christ. This book did an amazing job of supporting stances with scripture. I am very glad I read it and will continue to reference it in the future.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maddison Wood

    This book changed my life, my spirituality, my entire worldview and religious beliefs. Reading this book was the first time in my life where I felt like being gay wasn't a bad thing. It was the first affirmation of my sexuality I ever received.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adam O'Boyle

    Wonderful book! It made me step back and reconsider traditional interpretations of The Torah and of certain Pauline terms that are commonly used to condemn homosexuality of any kind. This book has completely changed how I view X-ianity and ethics(specifically sexual ethics). I thought Richard Hays had the definitive word on ethics and homosexuality in his Moral Vision chapter but Miner has me convinced now that Hays was wrong-headed in his ethical four-pronged approach and that there are some wond Wonderful book! It made me step back and reconsider traditional interpretations of The Torah and of certain Pauline terms that are commonly used to condemn homosexuality of any kind. This book has completely changed how I view X-ianity and ethics(specifically sexual ethics). I thought Richard Hays had the definitive word on ethics and homosexuality in his Moral Vision chapter but Miner has me convinced now that Hays was wrong-headed in his ethical four-pronged approach and that there are some wonderfully revolutionary concepts jesus declared in the fourfold gospel that should shape our ethics. Malakoi and arsenokoitai do NOT mean simply "homosexuality". There's a contextual meaning that YHWH and later Paul are trying to tell the true Israel they should not behave sexually like the Canaanites or the Hellenes and Romans.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    Short and to the point, this book shows how the Bible has been continually misinterpreted to conform to the prejudices of church leaders to enable and justify persecution of LGBT individuals. Very well written and an easy read for anyone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kirstyn Wegner

    Thought-provoking. Important. Perhaps a bit reaching, but in a good way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ruthmgon

    This is really a bible study guide. I have such an issue with the seeming anti-homosexual elements in the Bible that my mom gave this to me as a suggestion. I am still not completely convinced and I wanted to be. Chapter one: the passages that condemn gays. Chapter two: the passages that celebrate committed loving gay relationships Chapter three: the way to read the bible from Jesus's point of view Chapter four: the passages that suggest the struggle of early church between Jewish Christians and g This is really a bible study guide. I have such an issue with the seeming anti-homosexual elements in the Bible that my mom gave this to me as a suggestion. I am still not completely convinced and I wanted to be. Chapter one: the passages that condemn gays. Chapter two: the passages that celebrate committed loving gay relationships Chapter three: the way to read the bible from Jesus's point of view Chapter four: the passages that suggest the struggle of early church between Jewish Christians and gentile Christians. Using that as a context and comparison with our struggle today. and as an added bonus.... the passages that point out that a bad tree can't grow good fruit.

  8. 5 out of 5

    LynnG

    Very well written and thought out review of what the Bible and Jesus says of loving gay relationships. Looks at the "clobber" sections...the most common quoted anti-gay scriptures (ex. Sodom and Gomorrah) and puts them in context (that same section also condones sending virgin daughters out to be "sacrificed" to a crowd...). Also mentions references to loving gay relationships in the Bible (ex. David and Jonathan), as well as discusses the 613 laws the Bible has and how a modern Christian should Very well written and thought out review of what the Bible and Jesus says of loving gay relationships. Looks at the "clobber" sections...the most common quoted anti-gay scriptures (ex. Sodom and Gomorrah) and puts them in context (that same section also condones sending virgin daughters out to be "sacrificed" to a crowd...). Also mentions references to loving gay relationships in the Bible (ex. David and Jonathan), as well as discusses the 613 laws the Bible has and how a modern Christian should decide which laws are relevant based on the teachings of Jesus. Very quick read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna Sinclair

    One of the best books I have read on the subject. The authors take the Bible seriously and treat it with respect as worthy of study. They allow the Bible itself to provide the best evidence of how God felt about Gay/Homosexual relationships . It should make any reader who still, in this day and age, that these relationships are "unnatural" or "condemned by the Bible" have pause for thought and hopefully, the recognition that they have been misled by haters and bigots. The Bible celebrates all re One of the best books I have read on the subject. The authors take the Bible seriously and treat it with respect as worthy of study. They allow the Bible itself to provide the best evidence of how God felt about Gay/Homosexual relationships . It should make any reader who still, in this day and age, that these relationships are "unnatural" or "condemned by the Bible" have pause for thought and hopefully, the recognition that they have been misled by haters and bigots. The Bible celebrates all relationships based on love.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Carter

    In having many of my Christian friends start to come out and in living away from home where I have to develop my own opinion to things, I wanted to find something that would be a good balance to the other book I was reading that demonstrated homosexual relations was against the Bible. This book was recommended by one of my friends and it was a good counter to that book and demonstrated how the authors believed the Bible supports a covenant based relationship between a homosexual couple. It's def In having many of my Christian friends start to come out and in living away from home where I have to develop my own opinion to things, I wanted to find something that would be a good balance to the other book I was reading that demonstrated homosexual relations was against the Bible. This book was recommended by one of my friends and it was a good counter to that book and demonstrated how the authors believed the Bible supports a covenant based relationship between a homosexual couple. It's definitely given me some things to think about.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    written from a Christian perspective, faithfully studies the root and context of the stereotypical, commonly referenced instances of homosexuality in the Bible and offers an inspired way to discern specifically what those references condemn - consequently offering hope for those homosexuals in loving, committed relationships struggling today with their faith/sexuality dichotomy. maybe i should write book reviews for a living...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grace Rambo

    This is an amazing argument filled with substantial evidence from scripture! In a format that is easy to read and understand, it addresses the problem of condemning homosexuality in the church by promoting Jesus's additional commandment: love one another. Whether straight, gay, bi, or lesbian, each person can take something from this book and apply it to better themselves in their faith.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenee

    Good, introspective book. The section on the centurion, I felt, sort of fell apart due to what I can only assume was an unlabelled dramatization of the source scripture. But overall, as someone who is trying to figure out where I stand, this helped me, and gave me tons of references for further reading

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Turns out the bible isn't as anti-gay as I'd always thought. There are surprisingly few passages that actually are used to teach against it, and a lot of bible stories that can be seen as very pro-gay. This book shows that when you put the anti-gay passages in proper context, they actually aren't as anti-gay as you thought. Highly recommend to anyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Missie Kay

    Clear, concise (it's almost short enough to be called a pamphlet), rooted in knowledge of Biblical languages and times, and ultimately convincing. This helps me to reconcile what I already felt in my heart.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Evaluating this book strictly on the cogency of the argument as presented, it flatly fails. If one is arriving at a conclusion about what the Bible says about homosexuality based on emotional appeals, then the author presents a very earnest emotional appeal.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Baetz

    Wonderfully written! The book is well research and thoughtfully put together. It brings different aspects to the readers mind on not only same sex relationships but also Christian living as a whole. Highly recommended read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A compelling (if not faulty) Scripturally-based argument FOR homosexuality. Can't say I agree with it in the least... Seems to me the authors read as little or as much as they want into Scripture to make their case. Should make for a well-rounded research paper on the subject, though.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jed

    Excellent book. Easily accessible even to those without theological background. Examines the arguments from the Bible used to support anti-homosexual beliefs, as well as some stories that could be used to support the legitimacy of homosexual relationships.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pablo Rodriguez

    This is the best book I have read on the subject of same-sex relationships and the Bible. It is fairly brief and easy to read. A simple and straightforward look at the six "clobber passages" often used to argue against gay relationships.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matthew King

    Very informative & helpful for those struggling with or know someone with gay/lesbian issues & God's attitude toward them & the role of LGBT people in the church. Very informative & helpful for those struggling with or know someone with gay/lesbian issues & God's attitude toward them & the role of LGBT people in the church.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Johnnie Terry

    Good explanation of the positive Christian perspective on LGBT equality and same-sex marriage.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ruth evon

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael Wilkie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Simon

  28. 4 out of 5

    E.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beth Hagemeister

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