Author: Stanton L. Jones
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830875542
Release Date: 2009-09-20
Genre: Religion

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.

Sex Priestly Ministry and the Church

Author: Len Sperry
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0814629679
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Religion

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.

Ex Gays

Author: Stanton L. Jones
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 083082846X
Release Date: 2009-08-20
Genre: Psychology

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.

The Way Forward

Author: Timothy Bradshaw
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
ISBN: 0334029341
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Religion

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
ISBN: 0945778015
Release Date: 2002-07-01
Genre: Religion

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.

Paranoid Science

Author: Antony Alumkal
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9781479827138
Release Date: 2017-05-23
Genre: Religion

Explores the Christian Right’s fierce opposition to science, explaining how and why its leaders came to see scientific truths as their enemy For decades, the Christian Right’s high-profile clashes with science have made national headlines. From attempts to insert intelligent design creationism into public schools to climate change denial, efforts to “cure” gay people through conversion therapy, and opposition to stem cell research, the Christian Right has battled against science. How did this hostility begin and, more importantly, why has it endured? Antony Alumkal provides a comprehensive background on the war on science—how it developed and why it will continue to endure. Drawing upon Richard Hofstadter’s influential 1965 essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” Antony Alumkal argues that the Christian Right adopts a similar paranoid style in their approach to science. Alumkal demonstrates that Christian Right leaders see conspiracies within the scientific establishment, with scientists not only peddling fraudulent information, but actively concealing their true motives from the American public and threatening to destroy the moral foundation of society. By rejecting science, Christian Right leaders create their own alternative reality, one that does not challenge their literal reading of the Bible. While Alumkal recognizes the many evangelicals who oppose the Christian Right’s agenda, he also highlights the consequences of the war on reality—both for the evangelical community and the broader American public. A compelling glimpse into the heart of the Christian Right’s anti-science agenda, Paranoid Science is a must-read for those who hope to understand the Christian Right’s battle against science, and for the scientists and educators who wish to stop it.

Understanding Homosexuality

Author: David N. Glesne
Publisher: Kirk House Publishers
ISBN: 1886513953
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Religion

This book is born out of the experience of one ministering in a congregational setting to the joys and sorrows of people struggling with a variety of life issues— including homosexual experiences. The author addresses the critical questions regarding homosexuality from within the setting of the local church and seeks answers that are consistent with Scriptures and historic Christianity.

Some Issues in Human Sexuality

Author: A Working Party of the House of Bishops
Publisher: Church House Publishing
ISBN: 0715138685
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Bisexuality

This widely anticipated report will be welcomed by all who wish to come to a greater understanding of the issues surrounding homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexualism and the Church. It provides an in-depth account of the surrounding issues, and provides detailed analyses of key Scriptural passages.

Don t Ask Don t Tell

Author: John D. Laing
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781621898795
Release Date: 2013-09-16
Genre: Religion

The repeal of the government's policy on homosexual military service, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), has caused much concern among Christian military service members, especially chaplains, and has led to much debate about the morality of homosexuality, the ideal of free speech, and the role of clergy in public service. Can it be scientifically demonstrated that homosexuality is normal? What has homosexual political activity shown to be their agenda, if any? What does the Bible say about homosexuality? How can chaplains who disagree with the homosexual lifestyle respond to the repeal in a way that retains their prophetic voice, but protects them from prosecution? How can chaplains minister to homosexual service members and their families in a post-DADT military? These are just some of the questions addressed in this important work by a group of scholars and chaplains, many of whom serve or have served in the academy, the military, and the church.

Press Bias and Politics

Author: Jim A. Kuypers
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275977587
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Kuypers examines over 800 press reports on race and homosexuality to documents a liberal political bias in mainstream news.

The Facts on Homosexuality

Author: John Ankerberg
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736911065
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: Religion

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.

Correctly Handling the Word of Truth

Author: Mees te Velde
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781630878580
Release Date: 2014-10-24
Genre: Religion

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).

Homosexuality and the Christian

Author: Mark A. PsyD Yarhouse
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9781441213716
Release Date: 2010-09-01
Genre: Religion

Mark Yarhouse gives honest and accurate answers to parents and pastors who have questions about homosexuality. Throughout the book, the author uses a new framework for understanding the issue, carefully separating the concept of "same sex attraction" from a "gay identity." In a clear and compassionate style, he explains the research regarding what causes same-sex attraction and whether or not it can be overcome. He also discusses what Christians can do when someone they know opens up to them about their homosexual attractions.

A Biblical Point of View on Homosexuality

Author: Kerby Anderson
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 9780736934817
Release Date: 2008-03-01
Genre: Religion

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.

Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions

Author: Yudit Kornberg Greenberg
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781851099801
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Reference

This is the first comprehensive resource on the subject of love in the teachings of the world's major religions, cultures, and philosophies.