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Same-sex Attraction Annotated Bibliography

Below is an attached bibliography of books I have read on same-sex attraction and same-sex marriage and how it impacts the Church. The annotations are my comments alone after having read the books. The entries are from all perspectives but the quality of some of these books is uneven. I hope my comments will be a decent guide to you as you study this difficult issue.

Bahnsen, Greg L. Homosexuality: A Biblical View. Nacogdoches, TX: Covenant Media Press. 2011. ebook.

A biblical perspective on homosexuality. This is one of many such books. Best to find one of this genre and read it.

Byrd, A. Dean, Ph.D. in NARTH [National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality]. "The Innate-Immutable Argument Finds No Basis in Science."

A refutation of the "gay-gene" approach to sexual determinism. The basic commitment of NARTH is to the reversibility of same-sex attraction.

Dallas, Joe and Nancy Heche. The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2010. ebook.

It is not a complete guide, but it is a good, quick read. .

DeYoung, Kevin. What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 2015. ebook.

Written from a sensitive and honest perspective. It is a short read. I purchased it because of the three intriguing appendices.

Dover, K.J. Greek Homosexuality. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic. Originally published 1978. ebook.

An academic book by a Cambridge scholar; but badly written. His research compares a court case in ancient Athens and an interpretation of Greek vase paintings. It is, however, foundational to a historical coverage of the subject. If you want to understand the Greek history of homosexuality and see how it is far different from the modern gay culture, this is, sadly, a must read.

Fortson, III, S. Donald and Rollin G. Grams. Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic. 2016. ebook.

A scholarly work by Anglican writers who are dealing with the struggles within the Anglican Church regarding homosexuality.

Gagnon, Robert A. J. The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2001.

Gagnon's scholarship is laudable. If you will only read one Christian book, this might be the one.

Haley, Mike. 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2004.

Simplistic, but, if you are determined to read only one book, this one will at least give you a general perspective (however abbreviated) to get you by on Facebook.

Hammond, Michael. Decisive Parenting: Strategies That Work with Teenagers. New York, NY: Jason Aronson. 2010. ebook.

An oblique subject for parents. A foundational book about adolescents.

Hirsch, Debra. Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books. 2015. ebook.

I started this book a year ago, and have not finished it. I plan to reread it in the next few months.

Huggins, Kevin. Parenting Adolescents. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress,1989.

Written by a man with a Grace Brethren background. Oblique topic concerning the raising of adolescents. I read this many years ago. I did not like it at the time, but some parts grew on me. No focus on same-sex attraction. Consider this a foundational book about adolescents.

James, Carolyn Custis. Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2015. ebook.

Does not add a great deal to the discussion. This book seems to be James building on the success of her first book, Half the Church.

Kaltenbach, Caleb. Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others without Sacrificing Convictions. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press. 2015.

A unique perspective. It is as much a personal reminiscence as an informative book on the subject. If you are only going to read one book with a personal story, ready Ed Shaw's book below. Kaltenbach's parents were gay and lesbian, and he was raised by his lesbian mother and her lover. The final two-thirds of the book are the best part in which he writes of the tension between grace (which would accept homosexuals) and truth (which would speak to the sinful error of homosexuality). The bridge between the two is love. The first third of the book is mostly his reminiscences of growing up in an LGBT home and did not particularly engage me.

Laurent, Robert. Bringing Your Teen Back to God. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook Publishing Co. 1991.

Read years ago. The title says it all. Deals with the prodigal more than the homosexual child.

Lively, Scott. 7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child: A Parent's guide to protecting children from homosexuality and the "gay" movement. Keizer, OR: Founders Publishing Corporation, 1998.

A response to the great strides made by the gay lobby in the 1990s. Too much of a "them-vs-us" attitude. It does, however, give a sense of the tensions of those early years.

McDowell, Sean and John Stonestreet. Same-sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2014. ebook.

I haven't finished reading this book as yet. With the last name of the primary author, you can tell the style of writing.

Medinger, Alan. Growth into Manhood. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press. 2000. ebook.

This is the story of a man who came out of homosexuality through one of the Exodus ministries.

Mohler, Jr. R. Albert. We Cannot Be Silent. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books. 2015. Ebook.

Mohler is a highly respected leader, theologian, and Bible scholar, and that alone should give the incentive to read the book.

______. God and the Gay Christian: A Response to Matthew Vines. Louisville, KY: SBTS Press. 2014. Ebook.

Having read Matthew Vines' book, I took on this book. Vines has so many logic flaws in his arguments, that you don't know where to start to answer his questions. Mohler makes it much simpler.

Musick, Beatriz E. Gays Are Not Going to Hell: All You Wanted Your Mom to Know; All you Wanted Your Gay Child to Know. No publishing data. 2016. ebook.

A gay-friendly semi-Christian book. It is a perspective that should be heard even if it is not biblical or balanced. Love (not biblical love, but emotional love) triumphs over truth.

Nicolosi, Joseph, and Linda Ames Nicolosi. A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality. Downer's Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Nicolosi's books cover the perspective of reversal therapy. He is a co-founder of NARTH. The Gay community is totally against this approach since they are committed to the belief that they were "born this way."

Nixon, David J. and R.G. Hamm. Born That Way After All, revised and expanded. Moultrie, GA: Born That Way Ministries. 2013. ebook.

A unique perspective. Nixon treats homosexuals as eunuchs, taking his cue from Matthew 19:12. Perhaps his theory is true for some who identify as gay, but it is not as universal as he believes it to be.

_____.. Homosexuality: What's a Pastor To Do? Moultrie, GA: Born That Way Ministries. 2015. ebook.

A shorter book of advice for pastors. Covers the same perspective as the above book. Because this book and the one above, also by Nixon, are on the same subject, read this one. He only gives one perspective: the young man as eunuch. His perspective is that this possible discovery answers all situations.

Paget, Stephen. Adolescence. New York, NY: E. F. Dutton & Company. n.d.

A textbook focused on the maturing of adolescents. A general book on adolescence. This book and Santrock's give a foundation to the study of adolescence, which is critical to understanding the development {sexual, social, emotional, and physical} of the adolescent.

Parrott, Dr. Les, III. Helping the Struggling Adolescent: A Guide to Thirty-Six Common Problems for Counselors, Pastors, and Youth Workers. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2003.

A general book from a nouthetic-counseling perspective on raising adolescents.

Payne, Leanne. Crisis in Masculinity. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 1995. ebook.

The title says it all. Covers more than just sexuality.

Price, Alissa. Homosexuality in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome: A Comparative Analysis. Published PDF. No date.

An abbreviated overview of ancient attitudes towards homosexuality. I wish I had read this before reading Dover. Although it is a handy description of ancient homosexual practices in a cultural context (and, therefore, not sufficiently complete for research), the document is badly written (poor diction, punctuation problems all over the place.) Price is supportive of homosexual practices based on the cultural milieu. It is a nice digest of the ancient history of homosexual practice. Were it not for having read Dover on Greek homosexuality and Williams on Roman homosexuality, I would not have accepted any of her historical descriptions or conclusions.

Rodgers, William D. The Gay Invasion: A Christian Look at the Spreading Homosexual Myth. Denver, CO: Accent Books. 1977.

The date of its writing gives it away as a book that is somewhat Us vs. them in its perspective. The author does consider the average homosexual a victim, and that is in his favor. The title of the book will put the reader off who wishes to understand, even though there is some compassion expressed. Remember the date of the writing of this book and realize the shortcoming. The book does give a good background history of the Church response in the first days of the burgeoning Gay Revolution.

Rogers, Gregory. Homosexuality: An Issue for our Time. Durban, South Africa: Erasmus House Publishing. 2016. ebook.

An excellent book by a South African researcher and writer. His perspective is Europe, Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. If you only read one book . . .

Samuel, Ana, editor. No Difference: How Children in Same-sex Households Fare. Princeton, New Jersey: The Witherspoon Institute. 2014. Ebook.

A collection of academic papers written on the subject of the well-being of children raised in same-sex households. A good review of the information but the danger is in cherry-picking the results of this research to support one's previous opinion. Dr. Samuel Johnson: "Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument."

Santrock, John W. Adolescence. 9th Edition. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 2003.

A college textbook with a lot of general information on adolescents. My copy is probably outdated (as college textbooks go).

Shaw, Ed. Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books. 2015. ebook.

Ed Shaw is same-sex attracted, but celibate, pastor from Bristol, England. Perhaps best starting book for someone who has a same-sex attracted family member or friend. This would also be a great book for anyone who is same-sex attracted and wants an honest and biblical perspective: Shaw understands. Excellent description of gay discipleship based on scripting.

Socarides, Charles W. Homosexuality: A Freedom Too Far. Phoenix, AZ: Adam Margrave Books, 1995.

Co-founder of NARTH. Socarides is a strongly supportive of reversal therapy. Perspective: homosexuality is a behavior that, with therapy, can be reversed. His position is aggressively opposed by gay activists.

Via, Dan O. and Robert A. J. Gagnon. Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress. 2003.

This is a simple comparison of the two primary positions among Bible scholars regarding the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality. Via takes the position that the homosexuality condemned is not that seen today (he assumes modern homosexuality is not necessarily condemned by the Bible). Gagnon takes a biblically conservative approach to the four primary passages in the Bible.

Vines, Matthew. God and the Gay Christian. New York, NY: Convergent Books. 2014. ebook.

This book, by a self-justifying homosexual who claims to be a Christian with a "high view" of Scripture, gives all of the alternate interpretations of the primary passages dealing with homosexuality. There is a high level of hubris in Vines' tone. Albert Mohler has written a rebuttal (see above) of the premises of this book. Dan Via's alternative view (see above: Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views) is the same view but better thought out, even if still wrong. Save yourself the money and just read Robert Gagnon and Via's book.

The danger in this book is to provide evangelicals who are looking for a solution to this destructive crisis a way out of "being on the wrong side of history."

Williams, Craig A. Roman Homosexuality, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2010. ebook.

An academic book on homosexuality as practiced in ancient Rome. Sex was looked upon by Romans as a means of domination. No one in the Roman Empire would have considered himself either heterosexual or homosexual, even though they were (within cultural restrictions) ambivalent about sexuality and fluid in their practices, but not in their identity. If this book proves nothing else, it shows that there is little cultural connection between ancient Roman homosexual practices and the modern-day gay community.

Yarhouse, Mark A. Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2011. ebook.

A book filled with usable quotes regarding sexuality. "A Christian understanding of sex is best understood through the four stages of redemptive history in the Bible: creation, the fall, redemption, and glorification." Same general four-point outline as Gregory Koukl's unrelated book, The Story of Reality: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration.

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