Being Gay, Being Christian: You can be both

Being Gay, Being Christian: You can be both

Stuart Edser

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1921497076

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Is it possible to be both gay and Christian? This book explains, calmly and logically, that the two are not mutually exclusive. With the support of some of the finest scientific and theological minds, Dr Stuart Edser presents a compelling case for tolerance and acceptance, rejecting the traditional Christian view that gay people are either sick or sinful as a result of their sexual orientation. While shrill voices of prejudiced fundamentalism are raised from all sides of the Christian church, he invites the reader to a new experience of God. Dr Edser is uniquely qualified to explain the biology, psychology and sociology of being gay, as well as to examine the Bible, its interpretation, and traditional Christian teaching on sexual morality. Not only does he have a wealth of experience grounded in the Church (both Catholic and Protestant), but he is also a psychologist, author and researcher. Moreover, he threads his own extraordinary story through the text, using this and his experience as a clinician to guide his thinking. In particular, he offers a positive and rational voice so often glaringly absent from the Church's utterances on homosexuality. He argues passionately for church people everywhere to open their minds and show a willingness to discard older ways of thinking where more modern explanations reveal the truth more accurately. And he encourages gay Christians to integrate their sexuality and their faith so that both are valued equally. "This is probably the single best book published on this topic in the last five years. It combines a succinct analysis of the science and psychological science on being gay with the lived experience of the author and an analysis of the scriptural and theological background which, while not lacking in rigour, manages to be accessible." - Jim McManus, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Psychologist

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there is some truth in what he says. Others, like Stuart Edser and myself, ascribe the errors that they see to the small-mindedness of those who are presently in charge of our religion.[15] We have no doubt that, in the end, the loving kindness of the God of our beliefs and the spirit of reconciliation of the New Covenant will see the Christian church, or most of it, through to a new resolution. It will be a resolution informed by science and enlivened by love for one another, not

two married people without children are more or less considered families, whereas two gay people in an equally committed and lengthy relationship are not. Then there is the youth group, or the parish youth team, or the Antioch group, or the Bible study group or the music practice group. Everyone seems to be straight. Everyone seems to be pairing off. For a young same-sex attracted individual, the place fairly reeks of heterosexuality. Everything in the church seems to militate against anyone ever

because he believes all such behaviour makes Gentiles socially disreputable and even unclean in Jewish eyes. One final comment needs to be made before we look at the last two scriptures. Those, such as myself, who have a gay sexual orientation constituting their sexual identity, are not acting unnaturally or being unnatural in any way. For us, to be gay is natural. We are by nature, gay. In fact, the only way for any gay individual to act unnaturally would be to attempt to live a straight

nature, it is the willing abnegation of the self as a sexual being. And we do this to great insult to the human psyche. This is surely not what God intends for us. Second, it is important to know that you can be sexual and be spiritual. In fact, I think that each can be a part of the other. Why do I believe this? Because I believe the essential message of Jesus, that he came to give us life so that we may have it more abundantly. And sex is part of life. Abundant life means entering fully into

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