Author of God and the Gay Christian
Matthew Vines is the author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. U.S. News & World Report says: "Matthew’s book is likely to become the biggest, most talked about, Christian book of the year—and could help shatter misperceptions about the Bible’s characterizations of same-sex relationships as a sin against God. It will also, without a doubt, place this young man at the center of a raging cultural debate in America." Vines is a champion for the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people within Christian communities and society at large. In March 2012, he paused his studies at Harvard to research and deliver a speech at a church in his hometown about the Bible and homosexuality, calling for acceptance of gay Christians and loving gay relationships. The video has been featured in The New York Times and The Christian Post.
God and the Gay Christian: What the Bible Saysâ€”and Doesn't Sayâ€”About Homosexuality
"There is no contradiction between being Christian and being gay," says Matthew Vines. In this keynote, Vines expands on his famous hour-long speech about the Bible and homosexuality that calls for acceptance of gay Christians. What does the Bible say about same-sex behavior, and why does it say it? How do same-sex relationships fit into a larger Christian theology of marriage, celibacy, and sexuality? Vines answers these essential questions with warmth, intelligence, and deep feeling. He draws on his own personal experience coming out in a conservative Christian household and his in-depth research into the Bible—a powerfully persuasive combination—to present an interpretation of Scripture that has influenced many conservative Christians. Vines is on a mission to drive change. This moving talk will inspire young gay Christians to accept that their faith and sexuality can co-exist. And, it shows how Scripture—and society—has the capacity to accept and encourage loving gay relationships. There is much to learn from Vines’ message of hope, acceptance, and love—for everyone.
God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to someday share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships.
Feeling the tension between his understanding of the Bible and the reality of his same-sex orientation, Vines devoted years of intensive research into what the Bible says about homosexuality. With care and precision, Vines asked questions such as:
• Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not?
• How should we apply the teachings of Jesus to the gay debate?
• What does the story of Sodom and Gomorrah really say about human relationships?
• Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen?
• What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations?
Unique in its affirmation of both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity, God and the Gay Christian is likely to spark heated debate, sincere soul searching, even widespread cultural change. Not only is it a compelling interpretation of key biblical texts about same-sex relations, it is also the story of a young man navigating relationships with his family, his hometown church, and the Christian church at large as he expresses what it means to be a faithful gay Christian.
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