A Time to Embrace
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In A Time to Embrace William Stacy Johnson brilliantly analyzes the religious, legal, and political debates about gay marriage, civil unions, and committed gay couples. This new edition includes updates that reflect the many changes in laws pertaining to civil unions / same-sex marriage since 2006.


William Stacy Johnson is Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is also an attorney-at-law and was a member of the PCUSA's Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purit


Nothing less than a tour de force. . . . This is a book for everyone in the church, from those completely new to the debates about same-sex relationships to those who have long been in the thicket of the controversy.
-- The Christian Century

"Deserves to be read and pondered by all who care about the moral integrity of religious and political life in America today. . . . There is no finer work to date on this highly charged yet crucial debate."
-- Interpretation

"Kudos to William Stacy Johnson, a theologian-lawyer in the tradition of John Calvin. A Time to Embrace is sweeping in its scholarship, incisive in its reasoning, faithful in its theology, lucid in its writing, and helpfully pastoral in its advice."
-- David G. Myers
coauthor of What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage

"What a welcome contribution to the vexed debate on same-sex marriage, where passion, paranoia, and prejudice have ruled the conversation far too long. Johnson leaves no angle of the issue unconsidered here, and anyone from whatever position who takes this debate seriously will be obliged to read A Time to Embrace. Indispensable for its thoughtful moral analysis."
-- Peter Gomes
Harvard University