Permanent, Faithful, Stable

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Permanent, Faithful, Stable: Christian Same-Sex Marriage (2012)

Author(s): Jeffrey John

Format: Paperback

ISBN-13: 9780232529579

Amazon UK: Permanent, Faithful, Stable

Language: English

Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming

Genre(s): Theology

Topic(s): Biblical studies, Church order and discipline, Equal marriage, Homosexuality in the Bible, Marriage and relationships, Pastoral issues, and Same-sex relationships

Especially suitable for: Anglicans and Church of England

The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, explores the meaning and context of the mentions of homosexuality in the Bible and also considers the moral arguments, before offering guidance to same-sex couples on forming a lasting, covenanted, monogamous relationship. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the theology of same-sex relationships in a Christian context.

This new edition has been updated to take account of the latest thinking on the issue. In a brand new Preface and Postscript, Jeffrey John speaks forthrightly about the Church of England’s failure to move positively in support of same-sex marriage.


“Jeffrey John is, in my view, an excellent theologian providing a vitally needed presentation of those scriptures so often misused to judge gay people and condemn loving committed same-sex relationships as if they were all sinful, whatever the quality of relationship.. He is also a very experienced pastor who understands the real issues surrounding the controversial subject of same-sex partnerships and provides some important pastoral guidelines. And he speaks from his heart with a good conscience – as a Christian who has been in a committed same-partnership for many years.

“I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent little book in this new edition, which is very clear, very readable and has been updated to include the question of Christian same-sex marriage.” — Jeremy Marks

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