God and the Gay Christian
The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
by Matthew Vines
"God and the Gay Christian is a game changer. Prepare to be challenged and enlightened, provoked and inspired."
—Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Faith Unraveled
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Author Matthew Vines tells how, as a theologically conservative, gay Christian, he embarked on an intensive, years-long study of the Bible to discover whether same-sex relationships can be blessed by God.
"The consequences of the evangelical church’s categorical rejection of same-sex relationships have been anything but good: higher likelihoods of depression, illegal drug use, relational brokenness, and suicide. Those are all red flags that opposing same-sex marriage isn’t the best understanding of Scripture."
"This book makes significant contributions, not only to ongoing scholarly conversations but also to the average person who wants to probe more deeply how to think about God and the gay Christian." -- Theologian James Brownson
"This book envisions a future in which all Christians come to embrace and affirm their LGBT brothers and sisters—without undermining their commitment to the authority of the Bible."
I believe this to be an issue that should be kept to secondary theology that still allows for Christian unity, and that regardless of where our theology lands, it should not impact the praxis of our faith.
This book is absolute dynamite. It is quite possibly the most important book I have encountered on this subject.
There were a variety of points I disagreed with, but what troubled me the most—was that ultimately, in his effort to affirm homosexuality, Vines throws women under the bus.
God and the Gay Christian could convince anyone wrestling with a biblical reason to support gay marriage and full gay inclusion in churches -- and everyone who ought to be.
Matthew Vines is a threat to all evangelical leaders who have tried to use the issue of homosexuality as a determining factor of one’s orthodoxy. Because Matthew is coming from the same theological disposition as all of them.
Vines’ project — engaging all of those clobber-texts head-on — is worthy, valuable and necessary, but I don’t think it can be sufficient.
There has certainly been a lot of controversy around this book and there are a number of critiques by evangelicals of the book online.
Buy this book for an engaging presentation of the scholarly arguments for a Christian support of same-sex relationships, but more importantly, buy the book to read how Matthew and his dad model Christ’s reconciling atonement.