Matthew Vines’s new book, God And The Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, has gotten a lot of blowback from gay-unfriendly evangelicals. In a hostile review, Andrew Walker explains why the book has struck a nerve:
What makes Vines’ book unique is that Vines does not consider himself a theological liberal. He proudly brandishes the identity of a conservative evangelical, claiming to uphold the authority of Bible, affirming its full inspiration and authority. Throughout the book, he quotes John Piper and Tim Keller, thus signaling his evangelical bona fides.
In the marketing materials for God and the Gay Christian, Vines is a theological wunderkind having found the formula for making biblical authority and homosexuality compatible. Vines no doubt believes the authenticity and sincerity of his interpretation and indeed, that is where the heart of this book resides. As the reader soon discovers, Vines doesn’t believe…
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