For the past two weeks, the Sunday school class I have the privilege of teaching has been working our way through Romans 1:26-27, which deals with the topic of homosexual behavior. Being such a culturally relevant topic as well as one that cannot simply be ignored (almost everyone in the class has a friend, coworker, or family member who identifies as gay), I put together a short list of books that address this controversial topic in a Biblically-faithful way. I'm sharing it here as well in case anyone else finds it helpful.

The Cream of the Crop

What Does The Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung

If I could only recommend one book, this would be the one. It’s short, written to a non-academic audience, and winsome in its tone. DeYoung divides the book into two main sections, the first addressing each of the Biblical passages that refer to homosexual behavior, and the second answering common questions and objections.

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

Written by a former lesbian and queer studies professor, this book excels at showing how the gospel both disrupts and transforms a life. It is also beautifully written, reminding me of Augustine’s Confessions in more than one place.

For Academics

The Bible and Homosexual Practice by Robert Gagnon

Gagnon is no evangelical. He is pro-gay by his own admission, but he is also an honest scholar. In this work, he shows that the witness of Scripture is univocally condemning of all homosexual behavior without exception.

Other Resources

These are books I either haven't read or haven't finished reading._

  • Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Alberry
  • Out of a Far Country by Christopher Yuan
  • Born this Way: Making Sense of Science, the Bible, and Same-Sex Attraction by Steve Morrison
  • Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill