Reading on the Subject of Homosexuality

While preparing for a series of sermons delivered in May of 2015 I spent a good bit of time plowing through various magazine articles and online essays as well as a number of books. I have published a partial bibliography of the books I found helpful below.  

I have followed that with a annotated bibliography that pairs Christian authors who come down on opposite sides of the fence, one affirming same-sex sexual union and the other teaching that such relationships are out-of-bounds biblically.  My purpose was so that a student of this matter could read some of the best Christian writing on the topic and, hopefully, understand the ground being disputed.  –geno

 Same-Sex Attraction Bibliography

Achtemeir, Mark.  The Bible’s YES to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart. Louisville: John Knox Press. 2014. Print

Allberry, Sam.  Is God anti-gay? And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction. The Good Book Company. 2013. Print

Butterfield, Rosaria.  The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. Pittsburgh: Crown & Covenant Publications. 2012. Print.

Comiskey, Andrew.  Naked Surrender: Coming Home to Our True Identity. Downers Grove: IVP Press, 2010. Print.

DeYoung, Kevin.  What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? Wheaton: Crossway. 2015. Print.

Dwyer, John F.  Those 7 References: A Study of 7 References of Homosexuality in the Bible. 2007. E-Book.

Gagnon, Robert A.J.  The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics. Nashville: Abingdon Press. 2001. Print

Gagnon, Robert A.J. and Dan O. Via.  Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. 2003. Print.

Gary, Sally.  Loves God, Likes Girls: A Memoir. Abilene: Leafwood Publishers. 2013. Print.

Helminiak, Daniel A.  What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality. (Millennium Edition). New Mexico: Alamo Square Press. 2000. Print.

Hill, Wesley.  Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. 2010. Print.

Lee, Justin.  TORN: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. New York: Jericho Books. 2012. Print.

Payne, Leanne.  The Broken Image: Restoring Personal Wholeness Through Healing Prayer. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 1996. Print.

Reilly, Robert B.  Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything. San Francisco. Ignatius Press. 2014. Print.

Reynolds, Jim.  The Lepers Among Us: Homosexuality and the Life of the Church. Xulon Press. 2007. Print.

Thompson, Chad W.  Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would: A Fresh Christian Approach. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press. 2004. Print.

Vines, Matthew.  God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. New York: Random House/Convergent Books. 2014. Print.

Wilson, Ken.  A Letter to My Congregation: An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus. 2014. Version 1.0. E-Book.

Yarhouse, Mark A.  Homosexuality and the Christian. Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers. 2010. Print.

Yuan, Christopher and Angela Yuan.  Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press. 2011. E-Book.

Recommended Reading for Two Sides of the Debate                                       Among Christians on the Topic of homosexuality:

Annotation by Geno Hildebrandt, 5/23/15

Note: Except for the first recommendation (#1), which contains competing views, I have paired books whose authors have examined the same evidence and come to very different conclusions. The pairings have to do with the authors themselves, who write from very similar life and work experiences. The first pair are Christian men struggling with same-sex attraction (#2). The second pair are practicing evangelical pastors (#3). The third pair are well-respected Christian academics (#4). —geno

  1. Homosexuality: Two Views. Dan Via & Robert Gagnon. 2003.

(Two academics who hold to a high view of scripture lay out their very different views on the issue of homosexuality and coming to very different conclusions. The most instructive part of this small book is in their critique of one another’s work. Recommended because it is a very fine, and relatively short, summary of several of the most prominent academic arguments regarding how to interpret what the Bible says on the subject.)

  1. Washed and Waiting. Wesley Hill. 2010.  {versus}

God and the Gay Christian: The biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Matthew Vines. 2014.

(Two first-person accounts by Christian men with same-sex attraction who come down on different sides of the debate. Some of the best popular writing on the subject. Highly recommend both books for clarity of thought, depth of experience expressed and commitment to scripture.)

  1. What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? Kevin DeYoung. 2015.  {versus}

A Letter to My Congregation: An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender in the company of Jesus. Ken Wilson. 2014.

(Two practicing pastors, both well-experienced, both previously-published authors, both committed to a high view of scripture, but landing in different places. Especially with Wilson’s work, one begins to see how embracing the very real pain of same-sex persons can have a dramatic impact on how one then turns to read the Bible. Wilson is a long-time pastor in the Vineyard movement. His work in this book was formally countered by his denomination in a position paper available at:

  1. The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Text and Hermeneutics. Robert A.J. Gagnon. 2001.   {versus}

Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships. James Brownson. 2013.

(Both authors are highly-respected scholars with lengthy academic careers. Both hold a very high, evangelical view of scripture but manage to come out at two very different places. Gagnon’s book is the gold standard for a traditional reading of the text on the subject of homosexuality. Brownson offers a tremendous critique of Gagnon’s work. Gagnon plans to reply in the future. This is the fullest debate on the topic at an academic level between two great students of the Bible. These books are both lengthy and take some time to get through. I also recommend Dr. Gagnon’s website:



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