Strangers and Friends: A New Exploration of Homosexuality and the Bible (1995)
Author(s): Michael Vasey
Amazon UK: Strangers and Friends
Standpoint: 2 Moderately inclusive
Genre(s): Academic writing and Theology
Topic(s): Biblical studies, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Homosexuality in the Bible, Same-sex relationships, and Scripture/tradition/reason
Especially suitable for: Church of England and Those who are undecided about the homosexuality issue
An exploration of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. Few subjects have divided the Church so sharply, and in this study Michael Vasey considers what the Bible says on the subjects of sexuality, social order, the doctrine of grace, gay identity and how the Church can move forward on this issue.
‘The book explores the phenomenon of male same-sex relationships extensively, from a Christian (Church of England) viewpoint. In addition to a consideration of those few biblical passages that deal with same-sex relationships (mainly against, but at least one for), Vasey explores the history of attitudes to such relationships, and their wider significance. Things have not always been as they are, and religious celebration of such relationships appears not to be only a 20th-century phenomenon!
‘As a Christian who has only recently opened the closet door, I have found it helpful. However, it is an intellectual book and not an easy read. You’ll need your Bible handy. The overall tone is very supportive.’ — J. Heathcote
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