Reasonable and Holy

Engaging Same Sexuality

Tobias Stanislas Haller

Mar/2009, 192 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781596271104



Reasonable and Holy addresses the conflict over homosexuality within the Anglican tradition, demonstrating that the church is able to provide for and support faithful and loving relationships between persons of the same sex, not as a departure from that tradition, but as a reasonable extension of it. 

It offers a carefully argued, but accessible means of engagement with Scripture, the Jewish and Christian traditions, and the use of reason in dealing with the experience and lives of fellow-Christians. Unlike most reflections on the topic of homosexuality, Reasonable and Holy examines same-sex relationships through the lens of the traditional teaching on the “ends” or “goods” of marriage: procreation, union, the upbuilding of society, the symbolic representation of Christ and the Church, and the now often unmentioned “remedy for fornication.”  Throughout, it responds to objections based on reason, tradition, and Scripture.

Based on a series of popular blog posts, it includes a number of independent, but related resources in the form of side-bars and single-page expansions of particular themes, suitable for reproduction as handouts.



Tobias Stanislas Haller, BSG, retired as Vicar of Saint James Fordham, the Bronx, after 16 years in that cure. He is an Officer of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, has served as a Deputy to five sessions of General Convention, and was a member of the Task Force for the Study of Marriage and chair of the Study Committee on Polity. A member of the Brotherhood of St. Gregory, he serves the Brotherhood as Publications Coordinator and as the Religion and Culture Book Review Editor for the Anglican Theological Review. Also an iconographer, composer, and writer, his book, Reasonable and Holy, was published in March 2009 by Seabury Books, and his revision of The Episcopal Handbook by Church Publishing in 2015. He served on the Anglican Communion's Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process Reference Group from 2008-2013. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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