Before you can resolve the issues of our day, you must be able to clarify them.
Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are parts of daily discourse, yet enormous controversy surrounds them. They are the stuff of news headlines and vitriolic social media posts. But they also reflect stirrings of the heart in real people with real questions and concerns.
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, once a leftist professor in a committed lesbian relationship and now a confessional Christian, but always the thoughtful and compassionate professor, has written a follow-up to The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. This book answers many of the questions people pose when she speaks at universities and churches, questions not only about her unlikely conversion to Christ but about personal struggles that the questioners only dare to ask someone else who has traveled a long and painful journey.
Dr. Butterfield not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today's key controversies; she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature today - even going back to God's original design for marriage and sexuality as found in the Bible. She cuts to the heart of the problems and points the way to the solution, which includes a challenge to the church to be all that God intended it to be and for each person to find the true freedom that is found in Christ.
Conversion: The Spark of a New Identity
Identity: The Flame of Our Union in Christ
Repentance: The Threshold to God and the Answer to Shame, Temptation, and Sin
Sexual Orientation: Freud's 19th-Century Category Mistake
Self-Representation: What Does It Mean to Be "Gay"?
Conflict: When Sisters Disagree
Community: Representing Christ to the World
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A must read.
It is read by the author, which always adds to the story.
This is a deeply thoughtful book on the relationship of Christianity to a person with confused sexual orientation. As a Christian it helps me to consider the struggles of a person with same sex attraction. For the person with same sex attraction it clearly speaks of the design of sexuality from the scriptures with gentleness, compassion and understanding. I greatly appreciate the author for her thoughtful and courageous ministry to the church and to the LGBT community.