Author: Stanton L. Jones
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release Date: 2009-09-20
How prevalent is homosexuality? What causes it? Is it a psychopathology? Can it be changed? Questions like these often accompany discussions of homosexual behavior. For answers we naturally look to scientific studies. But what does the scientific research actually show? More important, what place should this research have in shaping the church's response? Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse help us face these issues squarely and honestly. In four central chapters they examine how scientific research has been used within church debates--in particular within Methodist, Presbyterian and Episcopal contexts. They then survey the most recent and best scientific research and sort out what it actually shows. Next they help us to interpret the research's relevance to the moral debate within the church. In a concluding chapter they make a strong case for a traditional Christian sexual ethic. Church groups considering these complex issues will find helpful discussion questions at the end of each chapter. This book is essential reading for anyone involved in the church's debate over homosexual behavior.
?Would removing the celibacy requirement really eliminate priest pedophilia?? ?Won?t tough corrective measures such as a ?zero tolerance policy? only exacerbate the priest shortage?? These questions reflect the kind of concerns many of us are thinking and talking about lately. Despite the ongoing media coverage of sexual impropriety in the Church, there is relatively little known about sexuality issues involving priests. Sex, Priestly Ministry, and the Church provides an objective and authoritative account of psychosexual development in priests and key background information on the many sexual issues facing the Church today. It is a concise, comprehensive, one-of-a-kind resource of the most current information needed to understand these sexual issues and controversies and make reasoned, responsible decisions. Chapters under Part I: Essential Facts: Psychosexual Development are ?Sex and Sexuality: Everything You Need to Know,? ?The Process of Psychosexual Development,? and ?Sexuality, Intimacy and Celibacy.? Chapters under Part II: Essential Facts: Sexual Misconduct are ?Determinants of Ministry Health and Sexual Misconduct,? ?Abusiveness and Sexual Misconduct,? ?Narcissism, Sexuality and Sexual Misconduct,? and ?Priest Sexual Misconduct with Children, Adolescents and Adults.? Chapters under Part III: Pressing Sexual Issues are ?Selecting Suitable Candidates for the Priesthood,? ?Homosexuality and the Priesthood,? ?Decisions About Removing Priests,? and ?Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Ministry.??The book would be an excellent resource for those involved in the training of ministers. If there is ever required reading for bishops in preparation for the National Conferences, this would be an excellent resource as the Church continues on its way to healing.? Catholic Education?Our complexities and struggles today are public and call for personnel and ministers with great vision, unafraid to name the truth. Sex, Priestly Ministry, and the Church might well help us on our way.? Catholic Education?. . . readers with an interest in the deeper problems of sexual abuse in the Church as well as psychiatrists, counselors, and similar professionals trying to deal with the problem will find Sperry?s book very worthwhile.? The Small Press Review?There is nothing quite like it! It is at the same time foundational and developmental, clinical and clear, scientific and pastoral, comprehensive and concise. . . . Sperry?s significant accomplishment will not only prove an essential resource for our understanding of the factors that have contributed to the present crisis, but also for our efforts in building a renewed and healthier ministerial presence in the Church. . . . Without question, this well-organized and well researched -volume deserves a wide reading.? From the Foreword by Rev. Donald Cozzens Author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood and Sacred Silence?This is a timely book well written and well introduced that provides objective and authoritative documentation of the psychosocial development in priests and important background information on the many sexual issues facing the Church today.? Resources Hotline?Len Sperry is a gifted writer and teacher. His narrative is complemented by illuminating case studies and then summarized well in helpful charts and tables. He writes with sensitivity and compassion and offers hope in the midst of profound organizational challenges to the institutional Roman Catholic Church.? Catholic Books Review?This work is a concise, comprehensive resource of the most current information needed to understand these [current] issues and controversies and make reasoned, responsible choices.? Touchstone?. . . especially useful for those who work in formation of Catholic clergy and religious.? Journal of Religion and Abuse
Author: Stanton L. Jones
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release Date: 2009-08-20
Is it possible to be an ex gay? Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse present social science research on homosexuality designed to answer the questions: Can those who receive religiously-informed psychotherapy experience a change in their sexual orientation? Are such programs harmful to participants? The results show that outcomes for this kind of religiously-informed psychotherapy are similar to outcomes of therapy for other psychological problems. Such programs do not appear to be harmful on average to individuals. This research will be of interest to all those who want to know the latest research on sexual orientation change and the effects of religiously-informeded programs on those who utilize them.
Author: Timothy Bradshaw
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
Release Date: 2003
The homosexuality issue is the most pressing dilemma currently facing the churches. Recent controversial church appointments in Britain and America have sparked intense argument and there has been virtually no sign of real dialogue or developing debate.This important and timely book sets out the full range of Christian responses to this critical issue, and offers mature and informed contributions from key figures on all sides of the debate. A vital resource for theological reflection and continuing discussion, this second edition of The May Forward? will be crucial reading for all who are concerned for the issues at stake and for the future and integrity of the churches today.
Author: F. Earle Fox
Publisher: Emmaus Ministries
Release Date: 2002-07-01
A look at the Biblical and scientific foundations of truth, righteousness, and love for dealing with homosexuality; why America fell for a massive program of propaganda; and the Godly strategy for rebuilding a sane understanding of human sexuality.
Author: John Ankerberg
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date: 2003-01-01
John Ankerberg and John Weldonâs popular Facts On books (more than 800,000 copies sold) havenew covers and updated material! Known for their extensive research and Bibleknowledge, the authors offer readers the essentialfacts they need to evaluate and discuss todayâs issues. The concise,easyâtoâfollow information helps readers: understand the basic tenets of each subject evaluate the teachings in light of Godâs Word share the gospel more effectively The userâfriendly,questionâandâanswer format of this series gives readers the flexibility toexplore the subject fully or look up specific teachings. Ankerberg and Weldon discuss aspects of homosexuality, including innate vs. learnedbehavior, biological support, the homosexual communityâs influence, theChristian churchâs view on homosexuality, and what Godâs Word teaches.
Author: Mees te Velde
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2014-10-24
How should the Word of God be interpreted and applied today? Does our modern culture affect how we read the Bible? Can certain passages be interpreted in different contexts and in different ways, all the while acknowledging that God speaks with a clear and consistent voice? These are the enduring challenges of hermeneutics. In this volume, no less than sixteen Reformed scholars from four different countries join together to tackle the hard questions that often arise when we busy ourselves with the weighty responsibility of interpreting Holy Scripture. As iron sharpens iron, so also these Reformed scholars challenge each other and their readers to ask not only how hermeneutics can be done, but ultimately, how it should be done so that God's Word of Truth may be handled correctly (2 Tim 2:15).
Author: Kerby Anderson
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date: 2008-03-01
In the last few decades, homosexuality has moved from the margins of society to the mainstream. In response to this cultural shift, Christian apologist and radio host Kerby Anderson sorts through myths to deliver the facts on homosexuality and the social impact it has had on families, the church, schools, and traditional marriage. With a balance of God's truth found in the Bible and a desire to reach out to homosexuals, he answers key questions about homosexuality, including: What percentage of the population is homosexual? Is homosexuality the worst of all sins? Did Jesus remove God's condemnation of homosexuality? Is there a connection between gay teens and suicide? What are the causes of homosexuality? Anderson also looks at the spiritual aspects of homosexuality and offers practical suggestions for Christians seeking to reach out to gay and lesbian friends and loved ones. This book is an essential resource for anyone seeking to better understand the roots, goals, and implications of homosexuality and the pro-gay movement.
Think Christianly is about seizing the opportunities we have every day to speak the life Jesus offers into our culture. Tragically, many such opportunities pass us by unclaimed—either because we don’t notice them or we have not prepared ourselves to enter into them. And those around us seem to grow increasingly unwilling to hear anything the church has to say. Jonathan Morrow helps church leaders envision and implement ways for their congregations to “think Christianly” about contemporary questions and to speak in informed, engaging ways. Morrow explores many of the important issues that Christians often hear raised with regard to faith—questions about who Jesus was, the good and bad of religion, pain and evil in the world, the reliability of the Bible, sexuality and intimate relationships, and hope for change, among others. The life and faith issues that Think Christianly addresses lead to cultural moments where Christianity and contemporary culture intersect. This book will help churches take vital steps toward cultivating compassion and competence in speaking faithfully to a questioning world.
A collection of essays from lay and clergy alike (including Archbishop Rowan Williams), exploring how we understand homosexuality, our faith, scripture, and the relationship between the church, our culture, and the world. (ABC).
Grounded in a lifetime of biblical study, New Testament scholar Willard M. Swartley takes a fresh look at the Scriptures and what they would teach on the current and controversial subject of homosexuality. In a spirit of love and generosity, Swartley presents all sides of the issue, drawing from contemporary scholarship and cultural analysis. He concludes with a model for congregational discernment and suggestions for the path forward. 250 Pages.
Two theologians, Ted Grimsrud and Mark Thiessen Nation, argue both sides of an issue that is vexing the postmodern church: homosexuality. This book develops the give-and-take over the differences between the two scholars, but it also offers areas of agreement and consensus.
Understanding Gay and Lesbian Youth assists the classroom teacher, school counselor, and administrator in relating to gay and lesbian youth and creating accepting and supportive learning climates. David Campos begins with a discussion of the current state of affairs regarding gay and lesbian youth in schools, including a discourse on the developmental milestones, and provides practical strategies for working effectively with these students.