Covenant and Calling: Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Relationships (2014)
Author(s): Robert Song
Amazon UK: Covenant and Calling
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Academic writing, Ethics, and Theology
Topic(s): Biblical studies, Marriage and relationships, and Same-sex relationships
Especially suitable for: Academics and Those who are undecided about the homosexuality issue
No other issue in recent times has proved as potentially divisive for the churches as that of same-sex relationships. Robert Song’s book advances a theological account of marriage and sexuality which appeals to the central biblical theme of the fulfilment of creation in Christ and is also open to the possibility of same-sex relationships. Rejecting treatments of the Bible which concentrate on a small number of well-rehearsed texts on same-sex relationships to the exclusion of the Bible’s overarching narrative, this book provides a fresh interpretation of the Christian tradition and defends a vision of the church which embraces a plurality of callings, to marriage, celibacy, and covenant partnership.
“Robert Song’s Covenant and Calling is one of the rare gay-affirming theological arguments written with a more traditionalist hermeneutic (the other being James Brownson’s book Bible, Gender, Sexuality). That is, Song has a high regard for Scripture and seeks to understand its original intent before considering reasonable extrapolations. He also focuses on the crux of the debate: the significance of sexual differentiation. For these reasons, he offers perspectives worthy of consideration whether or not one ultimately agrees with his conclusions.” — Karen
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