"God and the Gay Christian" vs "Can you be Gay and Christian?"

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This article compares two books, one advocating a rethink on what Christians should believe about homosexual behaviour and the other refuting these arguments and advocating that we stand firm on the traditional understanding of scripture.

Since "God and the Gay Christian" has been so widely reviewed and in considerable depth by many thoughtful writers, rather than do another review of this book, we have below compiled a list of links to the wealth of excellent critical reviews of this book.

With "Can you be Gay and Christian?", however, we have written a more standard book review.

Our recommendation is to be wary of reading "God and the Gay Christian" on its own, as the arguments can be seductive at first reading. If you want to read this book, make sure you also digest some of the critiques cited below. Even better, why not read "Can you be Gay and Christian?", which is a very helpful book that engages with these arguments while holding to a biblical stance.

Book Review: Homosexuality and the Christian

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by Mark Yarhouse
Sept 2010
240 pages
£10.99 (£8.40 Kindle)

In Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors and Friends, Mark Yarhouse gives honest and accurate answers to parents, pastors and friends who have questions about homosexuality. He carefully develops a useful and clear three-tier distinction between "same-sex attraction", "homosexual orientation" and 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.