In recent times the question of homosexual rights has burst upon the
scene, becoming a burning, emotional controversy. Many church leaders
have become embroiled in debate and entire denominations are sharply
divided over this issue. Though the church has traditionally served as a
moralistic commentator on the sidelines, it now finds itself in the
middle of this controversy. Should self-affirmed, sexually active
homosexuals be ordained as ministers? Should they even be welcomed as
fellow believers? How should the Bible be interpreted, and what is its
role in ethical guidance of reason, experience, and the Holy Spirit?
Should the church tolerate a diversity of convictions and life styles in
its sexual ethic?
In Homosexuality: How Should Christians Respond? Dr.
Richard F. Lovelace deals with these questions from an evangelical point
of view. He presents the historic church position from Augustine to
Theilicke and surveys and analyzes the literature of recent decades
which challenges the historic position. Biblical texts that speak
specifically on homosexual behavior are studied extensively and brought
into sharp focus by corollary Scripture passages. This is an intensely
practical book, sensitively written to help the church reach out to the
needs of homosexuals in constructive and compassionate ways.