Resources on Faith and Sexuality

(list compiled by Logan Mahan)

Traditional and Progressive Scriptural Interpretation of Homosexuality.

  1. ARTICLE: “Side A” and “Side B” essays at
  2. Resources on progressive interpretation (ALL BOOKS)
  1. Bible Gender Sexuality by James Brownson; (This is my favorite one. It does a good job of synthesizing the various angles and arguments)
  2. Changing Our Mind by David Gushee
  3. God & the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines
  1. “The Bible and Homosexuality”  Youtube video by Matthew Vines
  1. Resources on traditional interpretation
  1. BOOK: Slaves, Women and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis by William J. Webb, Darrell L. Bock
  2. BOOK: Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage by Christopher Chenault Roberts
  3. VERY BIG BOOK: The Bible and Homosexual Practice by Gagnon (This book is a mammoth and very academic. Referred to as “mind-numbingly thorough”)
  4. ARTICLE: Steve Holmes on why he believes being a feminist and traditional marriage advocate are not incompatible positions.

                ***I’m still looking for a concise, reader-friendly resource for this section.
Wes Hill’s review of Brownson’s Bible Gender Sexuality might be helpful.***

What does the intersection of Faith and Sexuality look like today?

  1. Ex-gay therapy and “leaving homosexuality”
  1. ARTICLE: Rosaria Butterfield post on Christianity Today’s website. For her, Christian conversion meant leaving her life as a “leftist lesbian professor” to become a “full-time mother and pastor’s wife.”
  2. VIDEO: “Our America” special on “God and Gays” offers accounts of failure and abuse during attempted orientation change at Exodus International. Exodus shuttered its doors soon after.
  3. BOOK: Stranger at the Gate by Mel White (this one’s a little dated. I haven’t read it, but I hear it’s a worthwhile read.)

How do we provide space for such discordant stories?

  1. Surveys of how people of faith engage this issue
  1. VIDEO: Shocking: What Straight Christians Really Think About Gay People” by Justin Lee--
  2. BOOK: Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeff Chu— “...part memoir and part investigative analysis that explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America.”
  3. BOOK: Torn by Justin Lee
  1. Creating Space for Celibacy and Spiritual Friendship in the Church.

If one believes that celibacy is the only way for someone with unchanging and exclusive same-sex attraction to be faithful to Christ, what does the church do pastorally to provide for these people?”

  1. ARTICLE: From Eve Tushnet’s “The Botany Club: Gay Kids in Catholic Schools”:

     [Gays Catholic Students] need to know that God is calling them to love and to be loved: to form devoted friendships, to care for their families, to serve the suffering, to dedicate themselves to God in ascesis and prayer, to serve God and the Church through artistic creation, to teach...Right now gay teens hear a robust “Yes!” from the mainstream media and gay culture. From the Church, they hear only a “No.” And you can’t have a vocation of not-gay-marrying and not-having-sex. You can’t have a vocation of No.
  2. BOOK: Wes Hill’s Spiritual Friendship
  1. Wes also edits and contributes to an online publication by the same name. Lots of articles, essays, and blog-style posts from celibate gay Christians and people interested in spiritual friendship.
  2. ARTICLE: Ron Belgau’s Spiritual Friendship in 300 Words.
  1. Other readings
  1. BOOKS: Virtually Normal and Love Undetectable by Andrew Sullivan
  2. Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill
  3., this is the Gay Christian Network’s official site. It has a lot of church-friendly resources, articles, resources for families of gay people, etc.
  4. ARTICLE: “Safe People” by Brent Bailey

What might it look like to affirm covenantal same-sex unions as people of faith?

  1. ARTICLE: Does God have a plan for same-sex relationships?” by Andrew Lang
  2. ARTICLE: “The Body’s Grace” by Rowan Williams

Other books:
Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church by Christine A.
Colón, Bonnie E. Field
Torn by Justin Lee
The End of Sexual Identity by Jenell Williams Paris
Love is an Orientation by Andrew Marin