Letha Dawson Scanzoni

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Letha Dawson Scanzoni (born 1935) is an independent scholar, author, and editor. Dawson has authored or coauthored nine books and she is also the editor and publisher of Christian Feminism Today (formerly EEWC Update), the quarterly publication of the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus, an inclusive feminist organization founded in 1974. In all of her books and articles, she specializes in the intersection of religion and social issues. Letha has also written on such topics as self-esteem and personal growth, marriage and family living, divorce, aging and caregiving, sex ethics, and physical and psychological family violence.

She says that she “experienced a painful midlife divorce after twenty-seven years of marriage and is the mother of two adult sons and the grandmother of three boys and two girls.” She lives in southeastern Virginia.

What God Has Joined Together[edit]

Letha’s most recent book is What God Has Joined Together: A Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005), coauthored with psychologist David G. Myers. Despite heavy criticism by many, her book has also been praised:


"their book offers positive proof that what drives proponents of same-sex marriage is a psychological worldview that is directly at odds with the worldview of the Bible." — Dr Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.[1]


"What God Has Joined Together is one of the few books that sheds more light than heat on the contentious issue of gay marriage. The authors' conclusions may stir controversy in some quarters, but their arguments should not be ignored." - Dr. Randall Balmer, Barnard College, Columbia University


  • Youth Looks at Love (1964)
  • Why Am I Here? Where Am I Going? (1966)
  • Sex and the Single Eye, later reissued as Why Wait? (1968)
  • Sex Is a Parent Affair: Help for Parents in Teaching Their Children about Sex (1973)
  • All We’re Meant to Be (with Nancy Hardesty, 1974)
  • Men, Women, and Change: A Sociology of Marriage and Family (with John Scanzoni, 1976)
  • Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? (with Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, 1978) ISBN 0-06-067078-9
  • Sexuality, (1984)
  • What God Has Joined Together? A Christian Case for Gay Marriage (with David Myers, 2005) ISBN 0-06-083454-4

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