Escaping from Fundamentalism (2012)
Author(s): James Barr
Amazon UK: Escaping from Fundamentalism
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Genre(s): Advice – spiritual and practical and Theology
Topic(s): Biblical studies and Pastoral issues
Especially suitable for: Evangelicals, Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity, and Those who are undecided about the homosexuality issue
NB This book is not specifically about LGBT+ issues, but we have made an exception and included it here because it is so helpful to LGBT+ people from a conservative evangelical/fundamentalist background. It helps them to see that a more open and scholarly approach to Scripture is more biblical, not less.
This is a pastoral rather than a controversial book. Its main aim is not to show fundamentalists that they are wrong, but rather to help those who have grown up in the world of fundamentalism or have become committed to it but in the end have come to feel that it is a prison from which they must escape.
“I read this book when it first came out, and it was the first book I’d seen which offered to fundamentalists themselves the escape tools they might need to dig themselves out of their absurd position. In my dialogues with fundamentalists it proved to be a helpful corrective (I’m not recommending it as something to beat fundamentalists over the head with) as it proved its points clearly and with reference to key ‘proof-texts’ much used in debate.” — C. Poote
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