For many years the intersection of gay identity and Christian identity in the United States was a virtual no-man’s land. In All But Invisible, author Nate Collins explores the cultural background of this claim and outlines a vision for Christian community in which straight and nonstraight people might be reconciled so they can flourish together in full awareness of their shared humanity.
Along the way, Collins addresses several questions clustered around the topic of LGBT and Christian experience, such as:
- What is the relationship between biblical concepts like desire, lust, and temptation and modern constructs like sexual attraction and orientation?
- How do you reconcile aspects of identity that are important to gender and sexual minorities with Christian faith identity?
- How might new forms of kinship, such as intentional community or celibate partnership, make the blessings of family life more accessible to gay people in traditional faith communities?
Speaking from his own experience as a gay man in a mixed orientation marriage, Collins is committed to helping faith communities include LGBT people in the family life of the church. He writes for believers who have a traditional sexual ethic and provides a renewed vision of gospel flourishing for gay, lesbian, and other same-sex-attracted individuals.
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About the Author
Nate Collins (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) has served as an instructor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently a partner associate at The Sight Ministry, a Christian organization based in Nashville, Tennessee, that provides resources and support for individuals, families, and Christian organizations regarding LGBT issues. Nate has been married to his wife, Sara, for thirteen years, and they have three children.
Table of ContentsPart 1: The Main Ideas
Chapter 1: Sex, Gender, and the Bible
Chapter 2: Reforming Friendship, Reclaiming Eros
Chapter 3: Sexual Orientation
Chapter 4: 'Gayness' in Theological Perspective
Part 2: Identity Matters
Chapter 5: Christian Identity
Chapter 6: Gender Identities
Chapter 7: Gay Christian Identities
Chapter 8: Minority Identity Problems: Stereotypes, Intersectional Invisibility, and Marginalization
Part 3: A Way Forward
Chapter 9: A Reconciliation Theology for Gender Minorities
Chapter 10: Gay Vocations
Chapter 11: Straight Vocations
Appendix: A Brief Reflection on Intersex and Transgender Identities