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Foreword by Judge Michael Kirby.
The primary aim of this book is to explain to gay or same-sex attracted people that they can be both gay and Christian – that the two are not mutually exclusive.
It offers a calm but authoritative voice of science and scholarship, explaining that gay people are neither sick nor sinful as a result of their sexual orientation. As voices of prejudiced fundamentalism shriek from all sides of the Christian church, it invites the reader to a new experience of God.
Stuart 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.
“This is probably the single best book published on this topic in the last five years….Well done Dr Edser”.
– Jim McManus, CPsychol, CSd Chartered Scientist, Chartered Psychologist
“I hope this book will gain a large readership among people of diverse sexualities: heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and intersexual….The subjects are timely, important and interesting. They represent nothing less than the story of the present struggle for the soul of Christianity….For his thoughtful and informed contributions to this process of change, I thank Stuart Edser. I congratulate him on his book”.
– The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG Justice of the High Court (Ret’d)
“Dr Edser methodically takes the reader through the psychology of sexuality and successfully debunks many myths about homosexuality, and presents a very Christ-like attitude to accepting what cannot be changed, and throws the baton to Christians everywhere to wake up and understand that to be gay is not a choice of life-style, but in fact is part of the human sexual variance that has been present since the dawn of time. Approach this book with an open mind, and be prepared to toss aside preconceived prejudices. Dr Edser’s analysis of the relevant Biblical texts dealing with sexuality are intelligent, educated and enlightened”.
– Scribe, Amazon review
“Enter Being Gay, Being Christian by Dr Stuart Edser.
With this book you can sit quietly, read and digest information at your own pace with only two calm voices; educated Edser’s and your rational mind weighing up and balancing the information with your own assumptions and experience.
Not only does Edser have his own personal experience to contribute but also covers scientific research on sexual orientation, psychology and theology. All these are covered adequately for the average reader thus saving them hours ploughing through academic publications in these areas or several books. Edser’s writing style is natural and accessible.
Coming from a Pentecostal/Evangelical background, I found the chapters on Catholicism of particular interest and value. These are insightful, well researched and documented.
Considering the audience I assume will read Being Gay, Being Christian I did wonder if the final chapter was a bit redundant. But I am only one reader in the broad audience. I am sure some will love it. Some wanted a chapter like that in my autobiography.
If you are looking for answers to the question ‘can you be gay and a Christian?’ Edser’s work is a great place to start. Who knows, you may never have to read another thing on the subject again because it answers all your questions”.
– Anthony Venn-Brown, Founder and Director of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International
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