By Stephen Hunt
The topic of homosexual and lesbian sexuality is likely to 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 e-book explores those issues from a sociological point of view, addressing not just homosexual and lesbian sexualities, but additionally bi- and transgendered sexualities. It hence considers a couple of supplementary matters 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 issues. With wealthy empirical fabric being provided by way of a staff of specialists, this ebook constitutes the 1st accomplished sociological examine of 'non-hetero' sexualities when it comes to modern Christianity. As such, it is going to attract sociologists, students of faith and theology in addition to readers throughout quite a number social sciences.
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Often this can be seen as despite their sexualities, which are seen to be constrained through the need to silence such information. Previous literature has focused upon the difficulties raised for gay clergy in a variety of denominations due to the lack of fit they experience between their sexualities and their role as clergy (Fletcher 1990; Wolf 1989). Wagner (1989) emphasises the fear that many gay clergy live with: of losing their jobs, homes and facing backlash. Stuart talks of the possibility of becoming ‘ego-dystonic’ due to forced constraint on aspects of identity (Stuart 1993b, 27).
Stereotyping of LGBT sexualities is never neutral. It is ‘differentness’; it is ‘queer’; it is ‘sin’; it is ‘pathology’; it anything that human culture wishes to make of them. htm>. htm> (accessed 23/09/08). htm> (accessed 05/09/08). 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.
However, the Church has stated that homosexual desires or attractions are not necessarily sinful. They are said to be ‘disordered’ in the sense that they tempt a person to do something that is sinful (that is the homosexual act), but temptations beyond one’s control are not considered sinful in and of themselves. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states ‘men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies … must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. 23 For this reason, while the Church continues to oppose attempts to legitimise same-gender sexual acts, it also officially urges respect and love for those who do experience same-sex attractions.