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Same Sex, Different Cultures: exploring gay and lesbian lives

Same Sex, Different Cultures: exploring gay and lesbian lives
By Gilbert H Herdt

Because homoerotic relations can be found in so many cultures, Gilbert Herdt argues that we should think of these relations as part of the human condition. This new cross-cultural study of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals around the world, Same Sex, Different Cultures provides a unique perspective on maturing and living within societies, both historical and […]

Same-sex intimacies: families of choice and other life experiments

Same-sex intimacies: families of choice and other life experiments
By Jeffrey Weeks, Brian Heaphy and Catherine Donovan

  Our families are increasingly a matter of choice, and the choices are widening all the time. This is particularly true of the non-heterosexual world, where the last ten years have seen a popular acceptance of same sex partnerships and, a growing acceptance of same sex parenting. Based on extensive interviews with people in a […]

Same-sex partnerships: a Christian perspective

Same-sex partnerships: a Christian perspective
By John R W Stott

Stott’s book is ultimately unaffirming, but we include it here as a reference work on conservative evangelical viewpoints. This book reviews four clusters of biblical texts bearing on homosexuality together with their contemporary challenges. Stott  responds to five principal arguments advanced in favor of same-sex partnerships and addresses the AIDS epidemic. Stott asks, “Is there […]

Same-sex Unions: stories and rites

Same-sex Unions: stories and rites
By Paul V Marshall

Same-Sex Unions, a contribution to the continuing debate on the church’s pastoral care, offers biographical vignettes of two committed couples who have had their unions liturgically blessed in church and also contains complete texts of several same-sex rites, together with liturgical analysis and reference to secondary literature. ‘Bishop Marshall has given us a pastoral gift. […]

Saving Jesus from Those Who are Right: rethinking what it means to be a Christian

Saving Jesus from Those Who are Right: rethinking what it means to be a Christian
By Carter Heyward

Heyward sees this volume as “a theological resource for spiritual transformation and social change.” It offers alternate images to the authoritarian, moralistic, adversarial, and obedient Jesus of the Right. By “those who are right” she means “all persons whose socio-political commitments are hardened fast and whose psychospiritual dispositions are tightly boundaried.” Heyward eschews the “Christ” […]

Science, Scripture and Homosexuality

Science, Scripture and Homosexuality
By Alice Ogden Bellis and Terry L Hufford

The collaborative work of a biblical scholar and a biology professor, Science, Scripture, and Homosexuality addresses scripture passages relating to homosexuality and explains the foundation of genetics and the growing evidence suggesting an organic basis for sexual orientation. The authors argue that “the role of the homosexual, as well as the heterosexual, within the Church […]

Sex and the Church: gender, homosexuality and the transformation of Christian Ethics

Sex and the Church: gender, homosexuality and the transformation of Christian Ethics
By Kathy Rudy

Why has the Right’s anti-gay agenda been so successful in galvanizing a broad spectrum of Christians to political action? Why have the issues of gay ordination and gay marriage come to dominate liberal Christian discussions of sexuality? What questions about sexual orientation, sexual ethics, and Christian community are not being asked as a result? Sex […]

Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: intersex conditions and Christian theology

Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: intersex conditions and Christian theology
By Susannah Cornwall

Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ provides the first full-length examination of the theological implications of physical intersex conditions and their medical treatment. Mainstream Christian theology has valued the integrity of the body and the goodness of God reflected in creation, but has also set much store by the “complementarity” of “normal” male […]

Sex changes? Paradigm shifts in ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ following the gender recognition act?

Sex changes? Paradigm shifts in ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ following the gender recognition act?
By Stephen Whittle and Lewis Turner

Originally published in 2007 on Sociological Research online, this article considers the implications of the Gender Recognition Act, exploring historical and legal perceptions of gender as well as legal questions. You can read the whole article for free online here.

Sex, Gender and Christian Ethics

Sex, Gender and Christian Ethics
By Lisa Sowle Cahill

This book endorses feminist critiques of gender, yet upholds the insight of traditional Christianity that sex, commitment and parenthood are fulfilling human relations. Their unity is a positive ideal, though not an absolute norm. Women and men should enjoy equal personal respect and social power. In reply to feminist critics of oppressive gender and sex […]

Sex, love and homophobia: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives

Sex, love and homophobia: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives
By Vanessa Baird

This accessible introductory book explores the complicated and intimate area of human sexuality from a human rights perspective. It describes how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people around the world are denied their rights, and discusses why these abuses continue into the 21st century. It shows the range of violations inflicted upon people because of […]

Sexism and God-talk

Sexism and God-talk
By Rosemary Radford Ruether

‘Ruether offers the vision of a feminist church in which women and men are liberated from patriarchy. She brands sexism a sin, explores how both sexes have participated in it, though unequally, and then moves to a call to conversion. By the time Mrs Ruether finishes, systematic theology has undergone a radical critique from which […]

Sexual Ethics

Sexual Ethics
By Andrew Henderson

A Report of the Lesbian and Gay Clergy Consultation Working Group Available as a free download from Changing Attitude’s main website.

Sexuality and the Black Church: a womanist perspective

Sexuality and the Black Church: a womanist perspective
By Kelly Brown Douglas

This book tackles the “taboo” subject of sexuality that has long been avoided by the Black church and community. Douglas argues that this view of Black sexuality has interfered with constructive responses to the AIDS crisis and teenage pregnancies, fostered intolerance of sexual diversity, frustrated healthy male/female relationships, and rendered Black and womanist theologians silent […]

Sexuality and the Christian Body: their way into the triune God

Sexuality and the Christian Body: their way into the triune God
By Eugene Rogers

Sexuality and the Christian Body addresses the challenges to traditional Christianity by gay and lesbian Christians and their critics within the church. This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body.Rogers starts by offering description and rigorous analysis of both conservative and liberal conceptions of […]

Sexuality and the sacred: a reader

Sexuality and the sacred: a reader
By James B Nelson and Sandra P Longfellow

Nelson and Longfellow have selected writings from those working in the field of sexuality and religion to compile this resource for those teaching or studying the subject. Categories include: sexuality and spirituality, gender and orientation, women’s experiences, men’s experiences, singleness, marriage, HIV/AIDS, pornography and celibacy.

Singing for our Lives: positively gay and Christian

By Michael Sen Paterson

Exploring God, sex and death in the time of Aids.  The author writes: ‘this book came out of my 5 years steeped in the experience of HIV and AIDS with many friends. It is my attempt to put into words what that experience meant to me and how in particular it reshaped my spirituality as […]

Sodomy: a history of Christian Biblical myth

Sodomy: a history of Christian Biblical myth
By Michael John Carden

The book is a study of the reception of Genesis 19, Sodom and Gomorrah, together with the parallel story in Judges 19-21, the outrage at Gibeah, in both Christian and Jewish traditions from antiquity through to the Reformation period. The book detoxifies the homophobic interpretation of Genesis 19, in which Sodom and Gomorrah serve as […]

Some Issues in Human Sexuality; a guide to the debate

Some Issues in Human Sexuality; a guide to the debate
By House of Bishops of the Church of England

The 1992 publication which still has an enormous effect on how LGBT people are perceived and treated in the Anglican church. Changing Attitude believes that the Church of England must move past this document, nevertheless it remains key reading for those interested in LGBT equality in the church. See also Christina Beardsley’s critique of chapter […]

Soulfully Gay

Soulfully Gay
By Joe Perez

Crystal meth, the Catholic church, leather bars, Jesus, a psychiatric ward, falling T-cell counts, terrifying visions—these are just some of the topics in this collection of blogs, personal journals and newspaper columns from 2003 and 2004

Space for Grace: creating inclusive churches

Space for Grace: creating inclusive churches
By Giles Goddard

Like so many others, the church of which Giles Goddard is rector was, fifty years ago, almost exclusively white, middle class and male-led. As the local community became more diverse, change was inevitable. Theology has followed rather than led this change and this book reflects on what inclusive theology is starting to look like in practice.

Speaking of Christ: a lesbian feminist voice

Speaking of Christ: a lesbian feminist voice
By Carter Heyward and Ellen C Davis

The uncompromising writings of one of present-day Christianity’s most original thinkers, inviting us to respond faithfully and radically by taking the risks necessary to secure genuine justice in society.

Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person

Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person
By James L Empereur

In the Introduction, James Empereur offers to move gay/lesbian studies into the field of spirituality and spiritual direction. He says that his primary audience is gay/lesbian spiritual directees and their directors. Full review here.  

Strangers and Friends: a new exploration of homosexuality and the Bible

Strangers and Friends: a new exploration of homosexuality and the Bible
By Michael Vasey

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.