The book was reviewed by Andrew Goddard at the Evangelical Anglican site, Fulcrum .
[T]his is a book particularly written for and from the evangelical constituency. But it is a book like no other I know, a book which desperately needed to be written, a book which sadly very few people could write, a book which every Christian – or certainly every evangelical - who wants to learn about homosexuality and a Christian response to gay and lesbian people – should read.Now, I have not read the book (although the Fulcrum review is very detailed). I have participated in the discussion with the author at the Changing Attitude blog and at the author's blog. The author is trying to get across the same issues as the previous author: how to find a language between Evangelicals and GLBT people. Our friend Erika from Mad Priest's has been active in the discussion as has our friend Dahveed. I've been somewhat exercised in the discussion by the continued reduction of the GLBT community to a sex act. I'm still getting a "love the sinner hate the sin" vibe off the whole thing. Reading Marin's website, I find it rather condescending to GLBT people, as though we are little children, with no understanding of faith issues. But apparently on the other side, the author has been more successful in actually humanizing GLBT people to the Evangelicals.
The book is, however, really not ultimately about homosexuality. It is at heart about mission and in particular about what it means to be Christ-like towards a community which Christ’s followers have hurt and alienated, towards people we think we can tell the truth about and to but whom we basically do not understand.....
The real question is, whether this will lead to any actual change. Are we just being tolerated, still looked at as unrepentant sinners worse than any others and targets for conversion? Or, are we really being seen as complete complex and intrinsically worthy beings with valuable and vibrant relationships?
Part of this comes back to the Lutherans. On this blog and at Father Jake's, the discussion has been whether the Lutherans' rather tepid statement about human sexuality is a good thing, since it validates basically every possible viewpoint, or whether they should be bold, institutionally speaking, and not validate exclusive views.
I'm of two minds. (Hey, I'm a Libra!) I can see importance in trying to build bridges and remain together, agreeing to disagree. So I think that overall, the movement by Andrew Marin and Michael Spencer to try to translate GLBT people for Evangelicals is a good one. More power to them. It's important to humanize those on both sides.
However. I'm reminded why I seldom venture into unfriendly territory blog-wise. I'm glad that some continue the argument, don't get me wrong! but I'm tired of being merely tolerated. I'm disinclined to continue in those discussions unless I have any indication that I'm respected as a thoughtful, intelligent, and moral adult who just happens to be gay. I find it personally demoralizing and degrading to be the continued subject of disagreement and toleration, still reduced to a sex act in someone's imagination, and required to constantly justiy who I am. PUt it down to my continued post-Prop8 funk.
Update: Jarred in the comments points us to some additional resources on this topic (Thanks, Jarred)
•Another, not so positive review of Marin's book with good discussion in the comments (update here)
•Bridging the gap, also trying to connect with the GLBT community (but again, I find them setting off "Christian" and "gay" as though there aren't gay Christians!)
•Nathan Colquhoun, also addressing sexuality from an Evangelical standpoint