‘I am writing this because I believe we have an absolute duty in the Church to offer homosexual couples not only practical support, but the same theological understanding of their relationship that we offer to heterosexual couples, to help them fulfil the same hope, the same ideal – of permanent, faithful, stable love.’
Drawing on many years’ personal and pastoral experience, Jeffrey John 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.
Earlier editions of this book have become essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the theology of same-sex relationships in a Christian context. It has been cited by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, as one of the most helpful books on the subject. 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.
'I am grateful to Jeffrey for this book, but also for him and for all he and Grant, his partner, have borne over the last few years. What has happened to them is a shadowed and scandalous page in the Church of England's history and one that will be looked back on with astonishment and shame. He is one of the best bishops we never had. His ability to expose illusions within the Church without becoming disillusioned with the Gospel is a timely guide. He writes out of his clear-sighted, pastoral and naturally Anglican sensibilities and for that I, with so many others, am hugely grateful.' -- Revd Mark Oakley