Books & Other Resources

Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today | Mark Labberton


This is the Best of Times for Following Jesus | Interview with Mark Labberton by Derek Rishmawy


The Liberal Delusion | John Marsh

Making Gay Okay:How Rationalizing Homosexuality is Changing Everything | Robert R. Reilly
Available from Ignatius Press
Mercy in the City |Kerry Weber

Same Sex Marriage:Is there a leg to stand on?
By Dr. Roseanne Kydd

 

Review by Paul Wilkinson @ Thinking Out Loud

"Last week I was given a copy of a Canadian study on the history of the same-sex marriage debate as it pertains to the Anglican Church of Canada. Same Sex Marriage: Is There a Leg to Stand On? by Roseanne Kydd is probably the most comprehensive synopsis of the topic available.  Though the topic is not of interest to everyone, the author provides a chronology of events and definitions of terms that ought to satisfy anyone coming late to the discussion. While some of this is old news to people who have followed the debate, it’s presented in a well-written succinct manner and is written according to high academic standards.

The heart of the book is that for the Anglican Church — Canada’s equivalent of The Episcopal Church — church policy has always been guided by the “three legged stool” of Scripture, Tradition and Reason, and that this has provided the denomination with a firm equilibrium. It is the author’s view that the present direction of the church is not consistent with following those guiding principles.

The first chapter traces a history of the gay rights movement back to the mid-1950s, and the implications of homosexuality’s inclusion in the original edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders (DSM) and the efforts that were made to overturn this inclusion. This chapter probably has the most Canadian content, but overall, the book has implications for readers on both side of the border. The second chapter clarifies the distinction between ‘sex’ and ‘gender,’ and why activists want to move from the former to the latter, and why it’s important for LGBT individuals to want to drop terms like ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ in favor of the more generic ‘queer.’

91 of the book’s 136 pages (including extensive footnotes) form the core text, and of those, chapter four, ‘Same Sex Marriage and the Anglican Church’ represents the heart of the book. Kydd fine tunes the distinction, for example, between the ‘blessing’ of same sex marriage, and actually having ‘rites’ for the institution of such (p.67) and also deconstructs the notion that the encounter between the Apostle Peter and Cornelius qualifies as a precedent for the ushering in as acceptable things that were formerly forbidden (pp 74-75). [We discussed that passage here at Thinking Out Loud just one week ago.]

The author extrapolates from recent headlines where the broader society is headed, what she calls the “unintended consequences” of successive liberalizations of law and societal norms resulting from increased activism, or what some would call the ‘slippery slope.’ Polyamory is the example most cited, while the consequences for things such as Pederasty, incest or other such variations considered by other writers, are omitted here, perhaps to avoid sensationalist rhetoric.  Here the greatest fear is that when the activists win battle after battle, we begin a descent into a destabilized state of anomie (p. 91).

In Canada in general, and the Anglican Church in particular, conservative voices are often perceived as a small minority. Clearly the more liberal views occupy the most space in books, periodicals and online; and right-wing writers are seen as representing an antiquated or quaint fringe. Books like this one are necessary to allow a balanced debate to take place, and while this is highly charged, emotional issue, and one which will trigger knee-jerk reactions, I would commend the book to readers on both sides of the divide."

"Dr. Roseanne Kydd has written a block-buster of a book!  Her extensive research exposes an agenda which moves well beyond same sex blessing.  She shows how strong currents in modern culture wish to dissolve the very notion of sexuality as a fixed orientation.  Rather, the leaders of this movement advocate a kind of pan-sexism in which a person might engage in sexual relations today with a man, tomorrow with a woman, and so on. 

Christians need to read this book!  For people with this agenda, same sex marriage is just a door-opener for a deluge of sexual styles and practices which are aimed at undermining the Biblical vision of sexuality as a gift from God to be expressed within the bounds of Christian marriage. 


We all need to read this book and promote its wide distribution!"

Canon Murry Henderson
Diocese of Toronto

 

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Other Reading

Why I remain in the Anglican Church of Canada
by Murray Henderson

Is Same-Sex Marriage Appropriate? Revised, June 2014
by the Rev. Canon Dr. Brett Cane

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