Aliens in the Household of God: Homosexuality and Christian Faith in South Africa (1997)
Author(s): Paul Germond, Steve De Gruchy
Amazon UK: Aliens in the Household of God
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Contemporary Christian practice and experience, Memoir/autobiography, and Theology
Topic(s): African Christianity, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Ethics, Inclusive Christianity, and Journeys towards acceptance
This book brings together many life stories describing what it is like to be gay in South Africa, followed by analysis. With a foreword by Desmond Tutu.
In their introduction, the authors say:
‘There’s a reason for starting the book with real-life stories, and this is to do with conversion. It is our personal experience, and one that is informed by the experiences of many straight people, that we have changed our understanding of heterosexuality and homosexuality not because we found a new insight from Scripture or a sermon, but because we have forged a relationship with someone who is lesbian or gay. We have learnt to love that person, and so been helped out of the prison of heterosexism to realise that there is a world out there inhabited by real people, not aliens, and that they have God-given gifts and talents which help us all reflect more fully the image of God we bear.
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