Here’s a very interesting interview with psychologist David Myers – on his new book: What God Has Joined Together? A Christian Case for Gay Marriage, Myers and co-author Letha Dawson Scanzoni, whose subjects are happiness, marriage and homosexuality from a pshychological and Christian perspective.

“The authors argue that homosexuality is a natural and lasting disposition, and that from biblical and scientific perspectives, marriage results in stronger, happier individuals and better societies. Supporting the institution of marriage, then, is in everybody’s best interest.”

Excerpts:

“Forty percent of married people report that they arevery happy, compared with only twenty-three percent of never-married adults. I don’t place much credence in [Sigmund] Freud, but he got this much right: The healthy adult, he said, is one who can love and work.”

“Our aim is to help bridge the divide between traditionalists, who feel keenly about the need to support marriage, and progressives, who see sexual orientation as a natural disposition to be lived out within the context of a covenantal partnership. We offer evidence that supports both sides and defines some common ground between them.”

“Seven biblical verses seem to condemn same-sex contact, out of 31,000 biblical verses. Among these seven, the context often suggests idolatry, violent rape, lust, exploitation, or promiscuity, which says nothing about a loving relationship between homosexuals. Anyone who does an online search of a main biblical translation, such as the New Revised Standard Version, will see that the word “homosexual” does not appear in the Bible, as one would expect, since sexual orientation is a modern concept.”

“These cultures also celebrate innovation and creativity, and they tend to respect individual human rights. When individualists pursue their own ends and all goes well, life can seem rewarding. Curiously, though, within individualist cultures, people with the strongest social ties express the greatest satisfaction with their lives. Moreover, the seeming benefits of individualism can come at the cost of more loneliness, more divorce, more homicide, and more stress-related disease. Individualists also demand more romance and personal fulfillment in marriage, which subjects the marriage relationship to more pressure.”

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