All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions At the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sex
: What does it mean to be gay ... and a Christian? Beginning with how the Bible describes sex and gender in Genesis 1-2, author Nate Collins provides a theological framework for conceptualizing gender identity. He unpacks biblical concepts like...
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What does it mean to be gay ... and a Christian? Beginning with how the Bible describes sex and gender in Genesis 1-2, author Nate Collins provides a theological framework for conceptualizing gender identity. He unpacks biblical concepts like desire, lust, and temptation, and applies them to modern constructs like sexual attraction and orientation.
In addition, Collins explores the theme of identity, focusing on facets of personal identity that are central to the experience of Christian gender minorities. He looks at what the Scripture says about the formation and function of Christian identity, highlighting several theological and sociological tensions.
Collins helpfully outlines a theology of reconciliation that challenges the Church to examine the obstacles that inhibit Christian unity and calls straight and non-straight believers alike to patterns of Christian obedience that respect and honor their similarities and differences. He writes for believers who have a traditional sexual ethic and provides a compelling vision of gospel flourishing for gay and non-straight individuals.
Nate Collins is an Instructor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological seminary and a partner associate at The Sight Ministry, a Christian organization based in Nashville, Tennessee that provides resources and support for individuals, families, and churches regarding LGBT issues. He also serves on the board of directors of LOVEboldly, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes reconciliation to God, self, and others at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender identity.Speaking from his own unique experience as a married non-straight/gay man who is a husband, father, and follower of Christ, he is a vocal proponent of extending and receiving community with LGBT individuals both inside and outside the Church. He has been married to his wife, Sara, for 12 years and they have three young sons.
- :part 1: The Main Ideaschapter 1: Sex, Gender, And The Biblechapter 2: Reforming Friendship, Reclaiming Eroschapter 3: Sexual Orientationchapter 4: 'gayness' In Theological Perspectivepart 2: Identity Matterschapter 5: Christian Identitychapter 6: Gender Identitieschapter 7: Gay Christian Identitieschapter 8: Minority Identity Problems: Stereotypes, Intersectional Invisibility, And Marginalizationpart 3: A Way Forwardchapter 9: A Reconciliation Theology For Gender Minoritieschapter 10: Gay Vocationschapter 11: Straight Vocationsappendix: A Brief Reflection On Intersex And Transgender Identities