Part One Why our fundamental values support, rather than oppose, equality for sexual minorities
Chapter 1 “It is not good for a person to be alone” Intimate relationship heals the primary flaw in creation Chapter 2 “I am asleep but my heart is awake: the voice of my beloved knocks” A loving God could never want the “closet” Chapter 3 “Love your neighbor as yourself” Love demands authentic compassion for others Chapter 4 “By the word of God were the heavens made” Sexual diversity is natural and part of God’s creation Chapter 5 “Thou shalt not bear false witness” Honesty and integrity are sacred; “coming out” is a religious act Chapter 6 “Justice—justice shall you pursue” Inequality is an affront to religious values Part Two What the “bad verses” really say about homosexuality
Chapter 7 Leviticus One form of male intimacy is related to worship of foreign gods Chapter 8 Sodom Cruelty and inhospitality are the “sins of Sodom” Chapter 9 The Gospels What Jesus didn’t say about homosexuality Chapter 10 Romans Men not being dominant is a consequence of turning from God Chapter 11 Corinthians and Timothy Christians should not mingle with a pagan, idolatrous, lascivious society Chapter 12 David and Jonathan Love between men in the Bible Chapter 13 Sexual diversity in Christian theology How did we get here from there?
Part Three Why inclusion of sexual minorities is good, not bad, for religious values
Chapter 14 “You shall be holy, for I am holy” Equality for LGBT people is good for families, marriage, and sexual ethics Chapter 15 “When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me” The growth of religious values is good for individuals and religious communities Chapter 16 “Everyone whose spirit moved him brought an offering to God” Sexual diversity, like other forms of diversity, enriches religious lives and communities Chapter 17 “And I have filled him with the spirit of God . . . to devise subtle works in gold, silver, and brass” What is homosexuality for? Chapter 18 “For nothing in creation can separate you from the love of God”
Postscript Acknowledgments Table of Scriptural Authorities For Further Reading LGBT Religious Organizations Notes Bibliography Index