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Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays Vs Christians Debate
by Justin Lee
Publisher:Hodder and Stoughton
Un-Conditional is a beautiful and honourable book with an honesty and gentle insight at its heart and a passion for compassion and understanding shining through.
This is not a book of argument or rhetoric, but a book of apologia that works more for the lack of such heated argument. It moves one and tries to open the discussion up to the human realiaties and suffering.
It invites us to understand and consider the reality away from the academic, the reality of the persons dealing with the issues—the gay person yes, but also their family, their friends, their church. Tt asks us to look at this issue with the eyes of the gospel, with the eyes of Jesus—you know that man that did not judge the adulteress but instead had compassion for her.
Perhaps one of the most important bits of the book is the discussion around the realisation that the word "gay" has connotations that are at odds sometimes between those using it.
For some gay immediately means sex, for some not. Sadly, for all the discussion becomes bogged down at this point, until we work past the word and instead see and deal with the person, each of whom is an individual and not a "type".
Of all the books I have read on this subject, I think I would say that this is truly the most pastoral of them all and there is a real need and place for this book within our churches and within the hands of our congregations, and for those who are Gay and Christian.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (29/01/14)