Churches in America are experiencing an unprecedented fracturing due to their belief and attitude toward the LGBTQ community. Armed with only six passages in the Bible--often known as the "clobber passages"--the traditional Christian position has been one that stands against the full inclusion of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.Read more...
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Churches in America are experiencing an unprecedented fracturing due to their belief and attitude toward the LGBTQ community. Armed with only six passages in the Bible--often known as the "clobber passages"--the traditional Christian position has been one that stands against the full inclusion of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Unclobber reexamines each of those frequently quoted passages of Scripture, alternating with author Colby Martin's own story of being fired from an evangelical megachurch when they discovered his stance on sexuality.
UnClobber reexamines what the Bible says (and does not say) about homosexuality in such a way that breathes fresh life into outdated and inaccurate assumptions and interpretations.
- ISBN-13: 9780664262211
- ISBN-10: 066426221X
- Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 184
- Dimensions: 8.65 x 5.6 x 0.65 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.61 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-05
- Reviewer: Staff
In his sincere memoir, Martin tells his story of moving out of the restrictive closet before exploring linguistics, traditions, and sex in the Bible. After coming to accept same-gender love and marriage, evangelical pastor Martin tried to move his denomination in the same direction. The church responded by firing him. Martin never imagined this could happen, but he rose above it with the help of his wife, Kate. "The words homosexuals' and homosexuality' have zero business being in the Bible," he concludes after considerable research into biblical language. He refutes Bible verses ignorantly wielded to clobber LGBTQ people: Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:10. He then looks at same-sex love in ancient and modern cultures as well as mistranslations and misreadings of the Bible. The exegetical half of the book is harder to read than the autobiographical half, which covers his life as an evangelical minister, but both will be welcome to churchgoers looking for direction as they navigate the changing tide of LGBTQ acceptance within Christian communities. (Sept.)