God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships (2014)
Author(s): Matthew Vines
Amazon UK: God and the Gay Christian
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Memoir/autobiography and Theology
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Biblical studies, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Ethics, Homosexuality in the Bible, Inclusive Christianity, Marriage and relationships, Pastoral issues, Same-sex relationships, and Scripture/tradition/reason
Especially suitable for: Evangelicals, Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity, and Young people
As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harboured the same basic hopes of most young people: to someday 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.
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-searching, 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.
“God and the Gay Christian is a game-changer. Winsome, accessible, and carefully researched, every page is brought to life by the author’s clear love for Scripture and deep, persistent faith. With this book, Matthew Vines emerges as one of my generation’s most important Christian leaders, not only on matters of sexuality but also on what it means to follow Jesus with wisdom, humility, and grace. Prepare to be challenged and enlightened, provoked and inspired. Read with an open heart and mind, and you are bound to be changed.” — Rachel Held Evans
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