Homosexuality   -     By: James B. DeYoung
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Homosexuality

Kregel Publications / 2000 / Paperback

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Did past societies accept and condone homosexual relationships? This thorough study of homosexuality defines and answers today's questions using the Bible, Jewish intertestamental literature, and information from ancient cultures.

A new orthodoxy is being proclaimed in some church circles: "One can be a practicing homosexual and an authentic Christian." Basic to this position is the argument that ancient cultures and the Bible did not condemn homosexuality as a condition nor as a lifestyle. It asserted that:

  • homosexuality was generally accepted by the ancients, including Plato
  • homosexuality was not the sin that doomed Sodom
  • the Old Testament honors the love of David and Jonathan
  • Since Jesus did not condemn same gender sexuality, we shouldn't either
  • Paul's words about homosexuality were either uninformed or a rhetorical ploy to arouse Anti-Gentile sentiment
  • New Testament writers couldn't have conceived of today's mutual committed relationship


  • Dr. James De Young interacts with the modern apologists for Christian and societal acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle. He examines their positions honestly and answers them based on sound reasoning and a thorough review of the ancient source materials. Each chapter personalizes and illustrates its main points with a fictional story based on archaeological and literary evidence. Here is a gentle but unequivocal guide for all who want to face the homosexuality issue honestly.

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    Format: Paperback
    Number of Pages: 400
    Vendor: Kregel Publications
    Publication Date: 2000
    Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 X 1.0 (inches)
    ISBN: 0825424925
    ISBN-13: 9780825424922
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    Publisher's Description

    Did past societies condone homosexuality? This thorough study answers those who revise the message of Scripture, by using the Bible, Jewish literature, and information from ancient cultures. It provides the knowledge necessary to respond with confidence, compassion, and honesty to demands that Christians accept active homosexuality.

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    DeYoung, who teaches New Testament at Western Seminary in Oregon, responds, from a conservative Christian point of view, to the revisionist biblical studies of John Boswell, Robin Scroggs, William Countryman and many others. Unfortunately, while DeYoung displays no small acquaintance with both the biblical material and the works of his principal opponents, his book is a nearly impenetrable jumble of textual argument, theological and ethical assertion and confused terminology. In striving for a comprehensive refutation of Boswell et al., DeYoung has produced a volume that will be too technical for all but the most dogged layperson, but one that will distress scholars of every persuasion with its rhetorical and interpretive shortcuts. Many of his critiques, especially those of Boswell's use of biblical and ancient material, have merit and are echoed in other recent scholarship, but they are presented with such disregard for scholarly protocol that they will not persuade the unconvinced. Entirely missing is a central idea to compete effectively with the lucid, if debatable, paradigms of the revisionists. DeYoung intersperses long quotations from ancient sources that do little to focus the reader's attention; more bizarre still, he indulges in brief, fictionalized narratives that speculate on the experiences of such characters as Lot's wife, a Canaanite temple prostitute and (strangest of all) a Luke Skywalker-like future Christian. This book is all trees and no forest and should be avoided. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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    1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
      May 25, 2007
      Donna
      I am sorry but this book is absolutely offensive. It was just a "rationalization" for those who want to "practice" this type of lifestyle.
    2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
      May 1, 2007
      Harry P.
      Contrary to the first comment, Dr. DeYoung does deal with many aspects of scripture, which, by definition, requires matching scripture against scripture (which the commentor called "rationalizing") and then shows, or misleads potential readers, by referencing Jude 1:7. The Greek words in that scripture, generally translated "strange flesh" are "Heteros" (meaning "different kind") and "sarks" (meaning "flesh"). Most folks recognize "hetero-sexual" as people that are attracted to a different gender. A reading of the Sodom story indicates that Lot's daughters were offered (something for a different conversation) to the men at his door. The Sodom passage clearly indicates that the angels appeared as male. A wild stretch would be that the rioters knew that the "men" were angels and desired to "know" them - calling for the Jude passage using "strange" in its translation but this seems highly unlikely seeking the truth. Nevertheless, the facts recorded in scripture are that men desired to have relations with men.The commentor does forget to mention many things, such as the fact that Paul actually created more than 100 words (126, if I remember correctly) in his writings and his use of the Old Testament (which includes referencing the Septuagint for Greek references) some which his Greek speaking audience would understand as meaning men with men, or women with women.
    3. 1 Stars Out Of 5
      February 6, 2007
      Sandra T.
      I thought this book might have some real answers, but it's nothing but rationalization. He even tries to rationalize Scripture, but doesn't even take on verses like Jude 7 which blows his whole argument away! Don't waste your time or your money.
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