(Full Disclosure: Baker Books provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.)
In Same Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet courageously take on perhaps the most controversial subject of our day.
“Thoughtful” is a fitting description of this book. In the first part of the book, the authors consider what has happened in the culture regarding marriage. They also explain why traditional marriage is important from theological, cultural, and sociological perspectives. In the second part, they explain what Christians can do in light of the cultural push not only for same-sex marriage but also to silence any opposing point of view.
Many consider any opposition to same-sex marriage or support for traditional marriage in necessarily the result of hate and bigotry. Some will reject McDowell and Stonestreet’s book outright for those reasons. However, reasonable readers will recognize that they have thoughtfully and without malice presented an alternative to today’s cultural narrative.
Unlike many apologetic books, someone who did not major in philosophy can understand this book. It equips one to argue in favor of traditional marriage thoughtfully and without becoming shrill or resorting to clichés. It is an excellent book.