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Coming Out in Christianity: Religion, Identity, and Community

Coming Out in Christianity: Religion, Identity, and Community
Author: Melissa M. Wilcox
ISBN 13: 9780253216199
ISBN 10: 253216192
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2003-10-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $22.95

For many Christians, "homosexuality" is an issue. It is often considered a matter of "us" versus "them," or worse, for gay men and women, a question of their behavior, not something intrinsic to their identity. Coming Out in Christianity examines this conflict from the point of view of a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Christians. It focuses on current and former members of two Metropolitan Community Churches in California that serve predominantly LGBT Christians. Based on original research, including more than 70 in-depth interviews, the book explores life histories, current beliefs, cultural settings, and community influences to learn what helped each forge an identity as both gay and Christian. These powerful case studies will help to deepen our understanding of both religion and personal identity.