Epiphany: A Christian's Change of Heart & Mind over Same-Sex Marriage

Epiphany A Christian s Change of Heart Mind over Same Sex Marriage From the posterboy of Catholic conservatism a major change of heart and soul on one of the Church s most controversial and intractable stances This past February a conservative Roman Catholic blog

  • Title: Epiphany: A Christian's Change of Heart & Mind over Same-Sex Marriage
  • Author: Michael Coren
  • ISBN: 9780771024115
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the posterboy of Catholic conservatism, a major change of heart and soul on one of the Church s most controversial and intractable stances This past February, a conservative Roman Catholic blog, Contra Diction, gave me perhaps my best headline ever Michael Coren Complicit in Destruction of Souls Who Practice Homosexuality, Pt 1 I m still waiting for part two ItFrom the posterboy of Catholic conservatism, a major change of heart and soul on one of the Church s most controversial and intractable stances This past February, a conservative Roman Catholic blog, Contra Diction, gave me perhaps my best headline ever Michael Coren Complicit in Destruction of Souls Who Practice Homosexuality, Pt 1 I m still waiting for part two It was one of countless posts, tweets, and articles that have condemned me for coming out in favour of same sex marriage I ve also been fired from columns that I wrote for years, been banned from various Catholic TV and radio stations, had speeches cancelled, and been accused of cheating on my wife My children have been called gay, and I have been compared to a child molester and a murderer These are new experiences for me Until last year, I was considered something of a champion of social conservatism in Canada and was well known among politically active Christians I hosted a nightly show on Crossroads Television for twelve years, was a syndicated Sun columnist, and wrote briskly selling books with such titles as Why Catholics Are Right Today, I am working away at a new book, Epiphany Changing Heart and Mind on Same Sex Marriage How and why did it go so terribly wrong Michael CorenWhat went terribly wrong is that Michael Coren had a profound spiritual and personal change of heart Epiphany is about how and why that happened the reaction from both sides of the fence and how the Christian doctrine, when studied closely and without bias, heartily supports Michael s findings As a middle aged, very white, very straight, very Christian man, he was obliged, first reluctantly and then eagerly, to explore the complex dynamic between faith and homosexuality and to work out a new narrative The crux of that narrative God is love Honest, brave, and rigorous in its scholarship, Epiphany is a groundbreaking book on one of society s most pressing issues.

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    1. Michael Coren has had a huge reputation of being opposed to anything gay. I know my husband questioned why I would ever want to read a book written by him, but he has shown a huge moment of growth and Epiphany is his story of that change. As I read this I remember seeing or reading about some of his encounters with the religious right after he came out in favour of same-sex marriage, so I know the truth of which he speaks. I know that there is still a significant level of opposition out there an [...]

    2. I'm sympathetic to Coren's position and admire his willingness to chronicle his journey from one end of the spectrum to another, but the book is not a good polemic for an affirming position on this issue. His arguments from scripture are circumstantial and speculative, his dismissal of his opponents grows as the book wears on and by the end he's treating his conservative dialogue partners with the same genre of disdain that he was repenting of holding towards liberals before his conversion. The [...]

    3. I expected this book to be more hard-hitting than it was. As someone who spent decades involved in apologetics, I thought maybe he'd use some logic or reason in his arguments, but his entire argument was simply an appeal to emotions and passions. Sure, there were some good parts of the book that really made me reflect and his intentions were honourable. If the book had simply been his personal journey, then that would be fine. Such a thing is subjective and personal and you can't say much about [...]

    4. I couldn't finish this book and had to push myself to read the first 100 pages, literary taking deep breaths and telling myself it will get somewhere some time. The first 50 pages includes finger pointing, wining, passive aggressive attacks to people who didn't agree with authors opinion or were upset with him changing his point of view and complaining about how they have cancelled his TV shows and speeches!!! (daaa !!! it is like complaining about competitor not letting you having your ad in th [...]

    5. I had the honour of seeing Michael Cohen speak in person. He is as eloquent a writer as he is a speaker. He is kind, funny, compassionate, and deeply literate in Biblical scholarship. Whether you're wondering how to convince someone that LGBTQ rights and Christianity are indeed deeply compatible, or whether you're looking to find out why someone would change his or her mind, this is an excellent book.

    6. Not a big fan of Coren and this book did nothing to help this view. I read this book only as a curiosity on why someone would change his mind. Its a tough slog to get past the pedestrian writing, the repetitiveness, the whining, etc to see why he changed his mind and even then his biblical analysis is rather shoddy and seem more like an attempt to justify his change of mind rather than his change of mind.

    7. A truly Christian man bares his soul. I have heard Michael Coren speak any number of times on TV and the radio as I live close to his home base of Toronto, Canada. So in reading these dense pages, I can actually hear him voice his arguments, stories and comments because he writes just as he speaks: with passion, with vaunted intellect, with a certitude based on considered musings, with love, from a heart grounded in the message of Jesus. His is not a moralist sermon preached to recalcitrant pari [...]

    8. I have never been a fan of Michael Coren, in fact his brand of right wing religiousity was a complete turn off for me and many other people I know. When I saw this book title I knew it was something I had to read. I am very glad I did.Michael starts off talking about his change of heart and the backlash he received for it. It really is fascinating that people who proclaim to love and follow Christ's words are sometimes the most hateful when you don't agree with them.He points out that Jesus neve [...]

    9. Did I ever expect to be reading a Michael Coren book? No, I can't say I did. But life is unexpected, and I'm glad to have read this book.Michael Coren is well-known for being a conservative Christian columnist. In the past, he's argued against, among other things, same-sex marriage. But recently, his faith has led him to change his mind and adopt a much more loving, accepting viewpoint.Throughout this book, Coren discusses Biblical arguments that support gay relationships. From Ruth and Naomi to [...]

    10. If you've heard Michael Coren speak recently or read his columns, you can probably skip the first chapter on his background, growth and epiphany if you want to. Chances are you've heard it all before in bits and pieces.The section where we hear directly from gay individuals is strong, but Coren interjects too much. His attempts to be lyrical don't work for me. "His cheeks become swamped with crying, bisected with a sorrow that looks like it was disguised and held back for so long. He suddenly l [...]

    11. I found this book challenging yet engaging. I found it thought-provoking and appreciated the tour through the few biblical passages which deal with this controversial issue today.

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