Is it possible to be both gay and Christian? This book explains, calmly and logically, that the two are not mutually exclusive. With the support of some of the finest scientific and theological minds, Dr Stuart Edser presents a compelling case for tolerance and acceptance, rejecting the traditional Christian view that gay people are either sick or sinful as a result of their sexual orientation. While shrill voices of prejudiced fundamentalism are raised from all sides of the Christian church, he invites the reader to a new experience of God. Dr Edser is uniquely qualified to explain the biology, psychology and sociology of being gay, as well as to examine the Bible, its interpretation, and traditional Christian teaching on sexual morality. Not only does he have a wealth of experience grounded in the Church (both Catholic and Protestant), but he is also a psychologist, author and researcher. Moreover, he threads his own extraordinary story through the text, using this and his experience as a clinician to guide his thinking. In particular, he offers a positive and rational voice so often glaringly absent from the Church's utterances on homosexuality. He argues passionately for church people everywhere to open their minds and show a willingness to discard older ways of thinking where more modern explanations reveal the truth more accurately. And he encourages gay Christians to integrate their sexuality and their faith so that both are valued equally. "This is probably the single best book published on this topic in the last five years. It combines a succinct analysis of the science and psychological science on being gay with the lived experience of the author and an analysis of the scriptural and theological background which, while not lacking in rigour, manages to be accessible." - Jim McManus, Chartered Scientist, Chartered Psychologist
Dr Stuart Edser is a Counselling and Health Psychologist in private practice in Newcastle, Australia. He has several degrees in psychology and education, including a PhD. He was a minor seminarian int he Catholic Church living in a monastery for three years as an early teen, but was also an elder, leader, preacher and teacher in the Protestant evangelical and charismatic wing of the Church.