Books on Homosexuality & Christianity
Here are some books which some of our members have found very useful in their journey of reconciling their sexual orientation and their Christian Faith.
Thou Shalt Not Love
A book that provides a thorough and scholarly rebuttal to arguments Evangelicals use against homosexuals and same-sex marriage. Highlights the deceiving arguments and misleading information used by the Religious Right. Includes the latest science on what causes homosexuality and if it can be changed, and cultural evidence of same-sex marriage and families around the world.
The God Box
A story that Christian Youth who are aware of their own or a close friend's gay orientation will identify with. Alex Sanchez addresses the biblical passages often used as proof texts against homosexuality, through credible use of teen dialogue.
This book treats sexual orientation and Christian Faith openly and honestly.
Gay Christian 101
Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay Christians -
What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
Rev. Brentlinger, a theologically conservative Baptist minister, shows through his extensive research of scriptures that the Bible does not condemn homosexuals. Instead it shows strong scriptural proof that God loves and affirms gay Christians.
What the Bible really says about Homosexuality
This book provides a clear and concise guide to the current theological debate on the Bible passages said to relate to GLBT people. The work of Sherwin Bailey, a theologian influential in the Wolfenden Report and subsequent decriminalisation in English law in the 50s & 60s is a principal source, not just in this book, but can be considered the father of all current theological thought and propositions in this area.
Faith Beyond Resentment
Widely acclaimed for his work examining the fundamental themes in Catholic theology, in Faith without Resentment James Alison offers an account of Christianity that is moving, liberating, and deeply personal, yet rooted in Catholic tradition. This is not a book of gay theology but, much more daringly, of Catholic theology from a gay perspective, addressing both those who are not gay and those who are not Catholic.
The Church and the Homosexual
This now classic book convincingly established that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, examining in detail and refuting all the traditional arguments for condemnation of homosexuality in Scripture, tradition and philosophy. McNeill also examined the general misconceptions of human sexual development.
Freedom, Glorious Freedom
McNeill reveals the freedom that lesbian and gay Christians can find by connecting with the spirit of God that dwells within. Through explorations of 12-step programs, coming out, gay marriage, gays in the military and his own life journey, McNeill shows how lesbians and gay men can achieve full spiritual maturity and self-acceptance, thereby becoming able to share their gifts with a needy world.
Broken Hearts New Creations: Intimations of a Great Reversal
James Alison's readings of Scripture and his explorations of the great themes of systematic theology have refreshed, moved and astonished readers inside and outside the church. This new book is about religion and violence, God and desire, and the recovery of an authentically Catholic vision of life. It includes a series of brilliant biblical commentaries, and reflections on the 'terrifying and risky business' of being a gay Catholic.
Homosexuality in the Orthodox Church
This book is a glimpse into the life, witness, history, and struggle of Eastern Orthodox Christians who happen to be gay. Throughout this book you will find: first hand accounts by Orthodox Christians and family, an essay by an Ukrainian Orthodox bishop, a study of the Scriptures often studied and cited in reference to homosexuality, and resources on homosexuality in the Orthodox Church.
Know My Name: Gay Liberation Theology
This books is a very clear and concise introduction into the concept of gay liberation theology. In it the author interconnects biblical interpretation and the insights of Latin American liberation theology with personal growth issues such as the process of coming out. It is a powerful call to action and acceptance.
Books More Relevant to Europe
The following books, which deal with homosexuality and being a Christian, are more relevant to those within Europe, but are suitable for all.
God's LGBT Children in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Moldova - Homosexuality is Not Sinful, Demonic, or a Mental Illness
An Eastern Orthodox bishop shows that being LGBT is not sinful, demonic, or a mental illness. He addresses social, religious, spiritual, cultural, and political issues impacting LGBT persons in Eastern Europe rarely discussed. A book of hope and love for LGBT persons who must endure bigotry and persecution.
Living it Out:
A Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Christians and Their Friends, Families and Churches
Practical and affirming book for everyone facing the controversial issue of sexuality, whether as a gay or lesbian Christian seeking to live with integrity, their friends and families, church leaders seeking understanding and guidance. Includes fifty first hand stories from men and women from all denominations.
Why I am still a Catholic
This books asks various celebrities why they are still a Catholic, despite a specific aspect of their lives which goes against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
An openly gay man, Charlie, wrote a very good chapter about why he in fact chose to become Roman Catholic in the UK despite being gay and wanting a same sex relationship.
Very inspiring for all the GLBT Catholics out there.
Disclosures: Conversations Gay and Spiritual
In this book Michael Ford meets gay and lesbian Christians from the UK, USA and Africa to explore the dynamics of being gay and Christian in the 21st century. Stories of ordinants and clergy members are of particular interest.
A very good book which gives a real insight into the differences faced by gay and lesbians Christians in different parts of the World, and through different cultures.
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality:
Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
John Boswell's study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the Christian West seeks to challenge received opinion and preconceptions about the Church's past relationship to its gay members, among whom were priests, bishops and even canonized saints. The text is the product of ten years of research and analysis of records in a dozen languages.
Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe
For the last two decades the campaign for the sanctioning of gay marriages has been defamed by politicians and churches on the grounds that the notion is unnatural, a modern aberration. In this book, John Boswell proves beyond dispute that during Christianity's first millenium, - for around 2000 years - extensive legal sanction was given to pair-bonding between males, and that societies found little difficulty in accepting the concepts that homosexual ties could indeed be family and familiar relationships.
Books on being Transgender & Christian
The following books deal with being Transgender and Christian, are are valuable to both Transgender individuals and those who seek to understand and support them better.
Trans/Formations (Controversies in Contextual Theology)
This book, which is controversial, challenging as well as highly original, makes visible a range of trans lived experience, offer theological reflection on these experiences, create challenging theology from this experiential base, and provide a resource for churches and theology students not to date available.
Crossing over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian
In this book, Vanessa Sheridan shows that being Transgender and Christian does not have to cause conflict. She helps the readers understand that acceptance versus persecution of Transgender Christians is biblically rooted and consistent with the teachings of Jesus. Finally she offers several suggestions on how to open a dialogue within the church family to address the needs of the gender variant.
Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith
Dr. Tanis provides the reader with a solid argument about the validity of gender variant people in our churches and in our society through the use of personal stories of his journey and the journey of others as well as solid scriptural evidence. He also provides an excellent introduction to the transgender experience from a cultural as well as religious stand point. Anyone dealing with theological issues and gender identity must read this book.
Videos on Homosexuality & Christianity
Through my Eyes - DVD
In this documentary 26 young GLBT Christians shared their private stories and their journeys in trying to reconcile their faith and sexual orientation. They share their struggles, their fears of family rejection, how they dealt with their churches' reactions and how they held on to their faith through the obstacles they encountered. A very powerful documentary.
Prayers for Bobby:
A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son - DVD
True story of Mary Griffith, a devout Christian and hard-line Presbyterian mother, who later became a gay rights crusader after her teenage son committed suicide due to her own religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.
For The Bible Tells Me So - DVD
This documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible. Through the experience of five Christian American families, we discover how people of faith handle, or sometimes tragically fail to handle, having a gay child.