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God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage (Englisch) MP3 CD – 18. September 2012

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“Personal, well-written, and well-argued . . . its greatest hope for success lies in soothing the troubled hearts of young people questioning their conflicting identities.”
Louisville Courier-Journal
“An invitation to recognize the power and possibility of marriage for all people . . . Written with a pastoral heart and considerable academic insight, Robinson effectively argues the importance and value of strong marriages . . . a thoughtful theological approach.”

“A family-friendly, easy to read book that explains the necessity of gay marriage to the masses . . . courageous . . . erudite . . . conveys complicated principles with ease.”

“Conversational and essayistic . . . methodically argued, cogently and brightly written, structured as chapter-length responses to commonly voiced questions about, and objections to, same-sex marriage . . . consistently Christian but also pervasively liberal.”
The Boston Globe

“[A] mix of reasoned logic, personal experiences, church teachings, and social science . . . The underlying tone is one of compassion and genuine hope for meaningful shift toward acceptance of same-sex unions . . . gentle with moments of humor . . . a solid entrance into the LGBT-affirming worldview.”
Publishers Weekly
“Reasoned . . . Robinson's strength is his willingness to see these questions from another perspective . . . Sober and well-structured.”

“Couldn’t be more timely, nor more authoritative . . . Robinson does yeoman’s work at arguing [the gay-marriage debate] concisely.”

About Gene Robinson
“My friend, Bishop Gene Robinson, has long been a voice for equality—not with anger or vitriol, but with compassion and faith. He has been guided by the simple precept that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”
—President Barack Obama
“For someone in the eye of the storm buffeting our beloved Anglican Communion, Gene Robinson is so serene; he is not a wild-eyed belligerent campaigner. I was so surprised at his generosity towards those who have denigrated him and worse. Gene Robinson is a wonderful human being, and I am proud to belong to the same church as he.”
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

“Gene Robinson is no revolutionary: he upholds marriage as a sacred covenant, but knows the same covenant theology can include same-sex partnerships too. For living this truth he has been scapegoated—not for being the first gay bishop, but the first honest one. By God’s grace he had stayed strong, still trying to love his enemies into friends. One day the Church will understand what it owes him.”
—The Very Rev. Jeffrey John, Dean, St. Alban’s Cathedral, England -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Gene Robinson was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of the South with a B.A. in American studies and history. He completed the M.Div. degree in 1973 at the General Theological Seminary in New York, and was ordained deacon and then priest. Having served as Canon to the Ordinary (assistant to the bishop) for nearly eighteen years, he was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003. He retired as bishop in January 2013. The author of three AIDS curricula for youth, he is also the recipient of numerous awards from civil, human, and LGBT rights organizations. Robinson is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.

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HASH(0x9351d66c) von 5 Sternen Important Book on Same Sex Marriage by Gay Bishop. 20. September 2012
Von Anne Rice - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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To say that this book is important is an understatement. Sadly, too many today don't know that there are in fact thousands and thousands of gay Christians, and many churches in which gays are welcomed, and where gay clergy are welcomed, and where same sex marriage can be celebrated. In spite of tremendous hostility and prejudice on the part of some Christians, gay Christians are not about to give up on their faith in their God or their faith in their churches. Gene Robinson made history when he became the first gay bishop appointed by the Episcopal Church in America, and in this gentle, and beautifully written book he makes the case for the Christian acceptance of Same Sex Marriage, in the name of love. Very well worth reading. This is an excellent book to give as a gift to gay Christians who may be struggling in hostile communities, and to Christian parents of gay children who are not finding support in their churches. ---- It is my opinion that gays are winning the battle for acceptance in America on all levels, and soon the persecution they are suffering now will be a thing of the past. Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9351d8b8) von 5 Sternen Powerful clearly delivered message 21. September 2012
Von Paul Mcguire - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a bisexual catholic in a loving relationship with another bisexual catholic, I struggled long and hard to come to terms with my sexuality and whether it was against my faith. But just because I am at peace doesn't mean that my family members are just as easily able to come to the same conclusions.

This book is important because it provides a clear critique of most of the arguments raised by religious individuals to say that same-sex marriage is wrong. The book begins with a section about the author's own story, and how he ultimately came to find love with a man. It then discusses the key bible verses that are often used to attack LGBT individuals in more detail than I have seen in many places.

The next section looks at the key messages of the bible and how Jesus would likely preach acceptance of LGBT individuals based on his reaching out to the marginalized in society. For the rest of the book, he looks at various arguments often made for why same-sex marriage is an attack on traditional marriage. In the end, he notes that in a society where straight couples are finding marriage to be outdated, we should be supporting efforts of the LGBT community to expand access to marriage rather than preventing it.

The book is very well written and easy to get through quickly. I suspect I will return to key sections of the book over time to remind myself of some of the arguments made. What I also loved about the book was how it explained many aspects of the Christian faith in ways that I had not really understood before but made perfect sense to me. If you are struggling with reconciling your faith with your own sexuality, this book serves as a great way to shed some of the shame that may have been thrust upon you by your family or your church. Or, if you are trying to decide if you can accept your gay son, daughter, relative, or neighbor, this book will affirm for you that God would want nothing less from you.
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HASH(0x9351d87c) von 5 Sternen Refreshingly logical approach to "gays vs. religion" debate 2. Oktober 2012
Von Bob Lind - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Since he was appointed to be the first openly-gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, Gene Robinson has been forced into a position of being both a figurehead and a spokesperson in the LGBT community, and it is the latter that he tackles superbly in his new book. Robinson takes on not just the religious arguments against gay marriage, but also common misconceptions about same-sex parenting, scriptural passages most assume condemn homosexuality, as well as the pressures that closeted gays and lesbians deal with every day in trying to avoid confrontations about their sexuality.

I have read more "gays vs. religion" books than I can possibly count, but none have done a better job of clearly and concisely addressing all of the issues that make for common misunderstandings about gay men or lesbians. In a remarkably straightforward manner, Robinson uses relatable metaphors and realistic scenarios to demonstrate the foolishness of most of the primary arguments against gay marriage, as well as making a strong argument why "civil unions" - or even actual marriages observed only on a state level - are simply not good enough. This is absolutely an affirming, well-constructed and valuable read, which I recommend highly to all readers. Five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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HASH(0x9351de58) von 5 Sternen An Awakening 14. November 2012
Von A. Braswell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Because I am new at reading a kindle book, I had a short list that I could choose from - not knowing how to get to the entire group of selections. This book was the first one on the list and, as an Episcopalian, I decided to read what the Bishop had to say. Initially, I thought that gay marriage was just not necessary. These people had advantages of same sex couples - wasn't that enough? So many people live outside marriage these days that I felt that it was a lot of "hot air" over nothing.

Bishop Robinson led me to see from his own point of view that many gay men wanted the sacrament of marriage. This put a different perspective on the matter. He approaches this matter in a most logical way and convinced me that he had the correct opinion. If gay and lesbian people want to marry, I would be glad to vote for that option. I have changed my view after hearing someone who has experienced this life style voice his opinion. I would encourage everyone to read this book AND with an open mind.
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HASH(0x9351dc0c) von 5 Sternen Marriage is for everyone 15. Oktober 2012
Von Greg Smith (aka sowhatfaith) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Gene Robinson's latest book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, is an invitation to recognize the power and possibility of marriage for all people, not just those who are straight. Writing with a pastoral heart and considerable academic insight, Robinson effectively argues the importance and value of strong marriages that call partners to be their "best selves for each other" (p.15). Additionally, he shares his own experiences with marriage, including (1) his parents' 65 year marriage, (2) his 13 year marriage to Isabella Martin and their two daughters, and (3) his marriage in 2o1o to Mark Andrew, who has been his partner since 1987.
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