Historic Evangelical Publisher Releases Pride Month Reading List

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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, a prominent evangelical publisher since its founding in 1911, has published a reading list of books Christians can consider for LGBTQ Pride Month.

For more than a century, Eerdmans has been an important institution within the wider evangelical movement, publishing scholarly and popular works on Christian theology, biblical studies, religious history, social and cultural issues, and spirituality.

Over the years, Eerdmans has published works by figures such as CS Lewis, NTWrightKarl Barth, Mark Noll and David Bebbington.

“June is Pride Month, and you’ve probably seen countless companies touting their rainbow flags, multicolored logos, or increasing their support in different ways. Yet there is still such disunity and turmoil about it, especially among believers,” Eerdmans said in a statement. blog post June 3. “We find ourselves at a time when we should be willing to listen and seek to understand those in the LGBTQ+ community who are simply fighting to be seen and heard, cared for and loved.”

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“This month, as Eerdmans’ reading community, we hope you will take the time to listen,” the post continues. “Check out some of our upcoming and previously published books that give voice to wonderful stories of life, love, difficult relationships, and what the Bible has to say about it.”

The list includes six books, one of which is currently available for pre-order. This title, “In the Margins: A Transgender Man’s Journey with Scripture” by Shannon TL Kearns, will be released in August this year and reflects “well-known biblical stories, such as Jacob wrestling with the divine, Rahab and the Israelite spies, Ezekiel and the dry bones, and the transfiguration of Jesus.

“In each chapter, Shannon shows how stories have helped her make sense of her own identity, and how those same stories can unleash the transformative power of faith for those who want to listen with an open mind and hold on to her sides in-between,” says the book description.

Other titles on the list include “Affirmation: A Memoir of Faith, Sexuality, and Staying the Church” by Sally Gary and “Scripture, Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships” by Karen R. Keen.

Eerdmans tweeted a link to the blog on Friday but deleted it after receiving a barrage of criticism online.

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“Wherever you are or whatever you think you know, #PrideMonth is an important time to step back, listen to real stories and seek understanding,” the now-deleted tweet read.

Barry F. Howard