Haller’s “Reasonable and Holy” now available

Tobias Haller, a friend of this site and keen theological mind, has just published a book entitled “Reasonable and Holy: Engaging Same-Sexuality”. The book argues that the Church’s provision of pastoral care to members in committed, monogamous, life-long same gender relationships is in keeping with the ongoing development of the Church’s traditional work.

From the blurb on the Church Publishing page (where you can order a copy):

Reasonable and Holy addresses the conflict over homosexuality within the Anglican tradition, demonstrating that the church is able to provide for and support faithful and loving relationships between persons of the same sex, not as a departure from that tradition, but as a reasonable extension of it.

It offers a carefully argued, but accessible means of engagement with Scripture, the Jewish and Christian traditions, and the use of reason in dealing with the experience and lives of fellow-Christians. Unlike most reflections on the topic of homosexuality, Reasonable and Holy examines same-sex relationships through the lens of the traditional teaching on the “ends” or “goods” of marriage: procreation, union, the upbuilding of society, the symbolic representation of Christ and the Church, and the now often unmentioned “remedy for fornication.” Throughout, it responds to objections based on reason, tradition and Scripture.

The book is based in part on a series of posts and comments made on Tobias’ blog site over the past few years.

In keeping with the origin of his effort, Tobias’ has set up a separate blog called “Reasonable and Holy” where readers are invited to engage the author and each other and they read through the book.

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