This week I was looking through the Fall 2014 New Release catalog from Westminster John Knox Press. One of the featured titles is The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart by Mark Achtemeier. One of the “key selling points” from the catalog says that it is “[o]ne of the first books written on the subject from an evangelical viewpoint.” I wonder if someone could put forth a book denying the Trinity from an evangelical viewpoint? It simply makes me wonder what is an evangelical? The problem I see is that as more and more people identify themselves as evangelical but hold viewpoints that would not be associated with the movement historically the term eventually loses any distinction.
Here’s the catalog description of the Achtemeier’s book:
“In the early 2000s, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive church. In The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage, Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding groups of people and the insights into the Bible’s message that led him to recognize the fullness of God’s love and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Readers will discover how reading snippets of Scripture out of context has led to false and misleading interpretations of the Bible’s message about LGBT persons. Achtemeier shows how a careful reading of the whole Scripture reveals God’s good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike.”
The book has a glowing endorsement from Matthew Vine (author of God and the Gay Christian). He writes, “His book helps to clear away many harmful confusions, and it leaves in their place a rigorous sexual ethic that is both faithful to Scripture and inclusive of committed gay couples. It is an excellent introduction for those open to changing their position, and his witness is a worthy model to follow.”
Mark Achtemeier has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) since 1984 as a pastor, writer, and theologian. He taught theology and ethics for 15 years on the faculty of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
The book is due out this June. It will be a paperback with 144 pages and sell for $17.00.