Lord Given Lovers

Lord Given Lovers Author Christopher Hubble
ISBN-10 9780595298693
Year 2003
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher iUniverse
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The Holy Union of David and Jonathan is a provocative biblical story of passion and political intrigue. LGBT readers will discover a story that will help them find self-acceptance and constructively challenge the prejudice of religious homophobes. David and Jonathan formed a magnificent and beautiful partnership that they apparently intended to last for a lifetime. Theirs was a loving and committed relationship. The failure of our culture to recognize the intrinsic divinity of homosexuality and the sanctity of our relationships is the central dilemma challenging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Our society's civil morality is informed by the religious mores of our culture. A redefined cultural and societal understanding of same-sex love derived from and supported by the Bible-a widespread knowledge of the holy union of David and Jonathan-will have a profound impact on the long-term success of our justice movement.

The Love of David and Jonathan

The Love of David and Jonathan Author James E. Harding
ISBN-10 9781134940264
Year 2016-04-08
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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Were David and Jonathan 'gay' lovers? This very modern question lies behind the recent explosion of studies of the David and Jonathan narrative. Interpreters differ in their assessment of whether 1 and 2 Samuel offer a positive portrayal of a homosexual relationship. Beneath the conflict of interpretations lies an ambiguous biblical text which has drawn generations of readers - from the redactors of the Hebrew text and the early translators to modern biblical scholars - to the task of resolving its possible meanings. What has not yet been fully explored is the place of David and Jonathan in the evolution of modern, Western understandings of same-sex relationships, in particular how the story of their relationship was read alongside classical narratives, such as those of Achilles and Patroclus, or Orestes and Pylades. The Love of David and Jonathan explores this context in detail to argue that the story of David and Jonathan was part of the process by which the modern idea of homosexuality itself emerged.

Jonathan Edwards on Beauty

Jonathan Edwards on Beauty Author Owen Strachan
ISBN-10 1575679248
Year 2010-01-21
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Moody Publishers
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Beauty is hard to describe, but easy to identify. It resides in expected and unexpected places in our world. Beauty is present in our world in a variety of forms. Yet while the average person might think about the reality of beauty from time to time, few people would think about the source of beauty. Where does beauty come from? Why is it here? Several hundred years ago Jonathan Edwards did some thinking of his own on this difficult subject. This volume explores his meditation on the subject and lays out a Christian framework for understanding and experiencing the beauty God has planted in His world. Edwards found in the study of beauty the person of God. Where Edwards saw beautiful images and acts, he saw a representation, a small picture, of a reality too great to comprehend, a God too majestic to adequately adore. He sets in motion a path of glory that begins with the Lord, moves to creation, continues to the incarnation of Christ, moves to the church, and ascends to the glory of heaven, where the Holy Trinity dwells. Easily accessible and readable, you do not need to be a scholar to enjoy these insights about Jonathan Edwards and his writings.

Cold Case Christianity

Cold Case Christianity Author J. Warner Wallace
ISBN-10 9781434705464
Year 2013-01-01
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher David C Cook
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Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator. Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity. A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, Cold-Case Christianity inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.

Treatise on the Love of God

Treatise on the Love of God Author Francisco De Sales
ISBN-10 1557258783
Year 2011-01-01
Pages 140
Language en
Publisher Paraclete Press (MA)
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Heavenly Love comes as a wound that is a gift of God. Francis de Sales’s spiritual masterpiece, Treatise on the Love of God, was originally published in 1616 while he was Bishop of Geneva. This contemporary English edition preserves St. Francis’s gentle prose, his enthusiasm for God, compassion, and good humor. For all spiritual pilgrims seeking comfort and guidance, this book offers the assurance that “a deep and satisfying prayer life is not only possible, but within the reach of anyone who will accept what God is forever offering.”

Good Christian Sex

Good Christian Sex Author Bromleigh McCleneghan
ISBN-10 9780062428608
Year 2016-07-05
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins
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Moving beyond the deep-seated cultural feelings of shame that have long fueled the conflict between Christianity and sex—and the belief that there is only one right and valid way to practice one’s sexuality—this renowned University of Chicago pastor uses enlightening personal stories and examples from theology to show how sex is powerful and holy. For years, Christians have been told to adhere to one singular path when it comes to sex: abstinence and purity. Yet this limited focus ignores the reality that people’s sexual and romantic lives differ widely, even among those who consider themselves devout believers. Church leaders have often refused to address the topic—or have preached in ways that are harmful to the emotional and spiritual growth of the faithful in the pews. Pastor McCleneghan is determined to reshape the issue—and fundamentally transcend this disconnect between sexuality and spirituality that has left many Christians feeling guilty and sinful. Written in her measured, non-judgmental voice, Good Christian Sex combines humorous personal anecdotes with theological research to transform how Christians think and talk about this basic human need, offering a new understanding that reconciles human love and religious faith. Breaking with outdated conventions, McCleneghan explains how the Bible and Christian tradition inform our beliefs about desire, pleasure, nudity, fidelity, premarital sex, and the variety of sexual practices, and encourages Christians to talk about their bodies, their sensuality, and their longings in a frank, positive, and realistic way. Warm, insightful, and honest, Good Christian Sex is a message of hope, that at last lifts the veil of shame felt by many religious people.

Lord of Light

Lord of Light Author Roger Zelazny
ISBN-10 0575079010
Year 2006
Pages 303
Language en
Publisher
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Imagine a distant world where gods, including Kali, Brahma, Krishna and Buddha, walk as men, but wield vast and hidden powers. Here they have made the stage on which they build a subtle pattern of alliance, love, and enmity. Are they truly immortal? Who are these gods who rule the destiny of a teeming world?