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God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
Reach And Teach says:
Having spent the last 26 years more or less involved in "Battles of the Bible" with those who would shun us for being gay and those who embrace us as the unique individuals we are, it was good to see so much research, thought, and love put into one book on the subject of being gay and Christian. Matthew Vines has an engaging voice, has done thorough work, yet is sparse enough not to overwhelm you.
If you have someone in your life who is struggling with reconciling what he or she believes scripture says about homosexuality, this book can help open his or her eyes to other ways of reading the same texts.
One of the funniest things that has happened ot us, over and over again, in the battles of the bible is having someone start off their discussion with us by saying "Well, you must not really know your bible." After long and serious discussions the tone changes. "Wow, you really do know the bible..." Of course in most cases we still agree to disagree on interpretation!
About the Book:
As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to some-day share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships.
Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. With care and precision, Vines asked questions such as:
• Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not?
• How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate?
• What does the story of Sodom and Gomorrah really say about human relationships?
• Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen?
• What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations?
Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian is likely to spark heated debate, sincere soul search¬ing, even widespread cultural change. Not only is it a compelling interpretation of key biblical texts about same-sex relations, it is also the story of a young man navigating relationships with his family, his hometown church, and the Christian church at large as he expresses what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.
- Written by Matthew Vines
- Published April 2014
- Hardcover 213 Pages
- ISBN 9781601425164