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Learning to Interpret Toward Love


Different groups interpret the Bible according to their core beliefs, emphasizing some ideas while allowing others to lie dormant. In this reflection on the meaning of Scripture, Peter Fitch argues that the Bible itself gives many clues as to the appropriate lens with which to read it: love. It is not meant as a rulebook, binding for all generations; rather, it provides an atmosphere for people to meet with and be transformed by a living God. Next, Peter describes his own story of gradually realizing that this truth would lead to a new way of seeing and accepting people with different sexuality. Along the way, he shares the stories of university students and family members, and of a church that wrestled deeply with these issues. He believes that there are times that the heart can be a better theologian than the brain, and that churches would do well to learn to embrace people of different sexuality. Learning to Interpret Toward Love is a theological explanation of why this is a path to a better future.



  1. (verified owner):

    I haven’t done a lot of study on this. And, quite frankly, I have been afraid to – as it could have complicated implicatons for my work. However, I have to admitt that I’ve not felt at all comfortable with how I’ve been taught to think (Christianly) about same-sex attraction and sexuality. But always, for us cradle Evangelicals, is the question about what to do with the Bible. Yet, my own understanding about “how” the bible actually functions as the word of God has changed significantly over the last couple decades (I’m slow), and I found this book helpful on many levels.

    Many will surely disagree with his conclusions, but Peter has written carefully, respectfully and invitationally. In an age of polarizing acrimony, Learning to Interpret Toward Love reads like it’s part of a sincere dialogue, rather than a smug monologue. I appreciate its tone and the opening it offers to consider The Way from a fresh perspective.

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