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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.
Collins, in his book, 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?
Collins writes for believers who have a traditional sexual ethic and provides a renewed vision of gospel flourishing for gay, lesbian, and same-sex attracted individuals.
Number of Pages: 256
|Publication Date: 2017|
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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 (PhD Cand., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) has served as an instructor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological seminary and currently is 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 nonprofit 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, same-sex-attracted/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 thirteen years, and they have three young sons.