An Acceptable Sacrifice?: Homosexuality and the Church (2007)
Amazon UK: An Acceptable Sacrifice?
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Academic writing and Theology
Topic(s): Church order and discipline, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Intersex people, Pastoral issues, and Same-sex relationships
Especially suitable for: Anglicans, Church of England, and Those who are undecided about the homosexuality issue
‘“An Acceptable Sacrifice?” The answer is simple: No. It is not acceptable for us to discriminate against our brothers and sisters on the basis of sexual orientation just as it was not acceptable for discrimination to exist on the basis of skin colour under Apartheid.’ — Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
This book attempts to make a real contribution to debate through an honest exploration of some of the difficulties posed for Christianity by the issue of homosexuality. The authors attempt to exemplify a way of doing theology in the face of profound difference that is marked by scholarship and generosity. This is not then primarily a book about ‘winning the argument’ so much as providing an example of how Anglicans should approach this most controversial issue.
“Here is an oasis in the desert of the Anglican debate … This book is rightly aimed at those who are unresolved on questions about homosexuality. Its contention that these questions are important but should not be church-dividing will ring true with many.” — David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
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