This Far by Grace: A Bishop's Journey Through Questions about Homosexuality (2003)
Author(s): J Neil Alexander
Amazon UK: This Far by Grace
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Memoir/autobiography and Theology
Topic(s): Biblical studies, Ethics, Inclusive Christianity, Pastoral issues, Same-sex relationships, and Scripture/tradition/reason
Especially suitable for: Anglicans
In this thoughtful and timely book, Bishop Alexander explores his journey through the theological, scriptural, and pastoral aspects of the questions surrounding homosexuality and the Christian faith. Writing in the weeks after the General Convention of The Episcopal Church approved the appointment of the church’s first openly gay bishop, Bishop Alexander offers a personal view of his changing outlook from exclusion to acceptance on this important issue. He also offers thought-provoking perspectives on scripture and tradition. This Far by Grace will prove a vital resource for discussion and reflection by individuals, parishes, and dioceses.
“This book will help readers straight or gay as they attempt to move in their thinking from a legalistic, unloving, unchristian understanding to a loving, pastoral, faith and grace-based understanding of peoples lives. While the book is set in an Episcopal or Anglican context, the theology and pastoral understanding, the love for all of God’s people, shines through. If you are looking for something to read about sexuality and the Church, this book is really great, for it does not require you to swallow the conventions of fundamentalist views of scripture first.” — Roderick Rogers
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