Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities by Stephen Hunt PDF

By Stephen Hunt

ISBN-10: 0754676242

ISBN-13: 9780754676249

The topic of homosexual and lesbian sexuality could be the main vexed factor within the modern Christian Church. Many church buildings were compelled to confront the problem, either theologically and pastorally and consequently, controversies have proved divisive in the Church: so much particularly among conservative and liberal oriented denominations, in addition to evangelical church buildings. This ebook explores those subject matters from a sociological standpoint, addressing not just homosexual and lesbian sexualities, but additionally bi- and transgendered sexualities. It therefore considers a few supplementary concerns relating to the formation of identities either sexually and spirituality, the development of theologies and worldviews, the various value of LGBT sexualities, in addition to mobilisation, and several subject matters. With wealthy empirical fabric being offered by way of a staff of specialists, this booklet constitutes the 1st finished sociological research of 'non-hetero' sexualities when it comes to modern Christianity. As such, it's going to entice sociologists, students of faith and theology in addition to readers throughout a number social sciences.

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Htm> (assessed 09/09/08). The study carried out by the Imperial College in London surveyed 1285 respondents from these groups. Mental problems included anxiety, sleep disturbance, panic attacks, depressive moods or thoughts, problems with memory or concentration and compulsive behaviour or obsessive thoughts. The study found that 31 per cent of respondents also attempted suicide. Suicide attempts were found to be linked to discrimination such as recent physical attack. Introduction 19 introductory survey may suggest as much in over-viewing the complexities of LGBT sexualities for contemporary Christianity.

This includes the ‘effeminate’ which is deemed by many conservatives to be the closest thing to transgenderism. Conservatives may also point to such Old Testament versus as that in Deuteronomy, which says, ‘The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment; for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God’ (Deuteronomy 22: 5). More broadly transsexuals are seen as opposing fixed notions of gender from the Hebrew Bible, when God created Adam and Eve.

The chapter highlights the issue of social censorship exercised on women who embrace ‘unusual identities’ and shows how the overlapping themes include 20 Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities a great degree of emotional trauma, experience of rejection and a constant search for tangible signs of the ‘true’ self. Developing not dissimilar themes in Chapter 4, ‘Bisexual Christians: The Life-stories of a Marginalised Community’, Alex Toft focuses upon how bisexual Christians define their identity, their lived experiences within religious communities, and their involvement with support networks and responses to the churches’ official stance on bisexuality.

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