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Dignity, Dogmatism, and Same-Sex Relationships by , Summary
In response to the current culture wars over same-sex marriage, hate crime legislation, and the legalization of gay rights, Dignity, Dogmatism, and Same-Sex Relationships provides a thorough argument for an ethics of intimacy in same-sex relations, based equally on science and the Bible. After a rigorous interrogation of modern definitions of sexual identity and the usage of biblical passages in support of cultural biases, the book redefines the notion of intimacy to include the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions that compose human relationships. It thus approaches homosexuality from a whole person perspective and attempts to create understanding, rather than foment divisiveness. This more comprehensive definition of intimacy allows for a compassionate reading of Scripture in ongoing conversations about the nature of homosexuality and the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender persons in society. It also encourages religious communities to do for same-sex couples what they already do for heterosexual couples: provide the information, counsel, and encouragement necessary to foster healthy sexual practices, meaningful interpersonal relationships, and a cohesive sense of community.