Subscribe now

Homosexuality: Christian Truth and Love

By Paul E. Brown
July 2007 | Review by Graham Heaps
  • Publisher: Day One Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1846250545
  • Pages: 160
  • Price: £8.00
Buy this book »

Book Review

This excellent volume is a substantially revised edition of a book first published in 1998 under the title Homosexuality: The Straight Agenda. This new edition begins with an excellent introduction that paints the landscape facing us on this issue in Britain today, and attempts to understand, with compassion, the problems that confront the church over homosexuality.
There is then a chapter on how the church has viewed the issue over the centuries and one that examines current medical and sociological thinking on the causes of homosexuality.  There are two chapters on the biblical teaching on sexuality, marriage and homosexual practice, followed by one that assesses changes in the law and the definition of toleration on this issue, and another that gives wisdom on how to handle the question pastorally.
The book finishes with a moving personal testimony on the reality of struggles with homosexual temptation by Martin Hallett of the True Freedom trust.
I found the book admirable in every way. It is scriptural and practical, clear and yet compassionate, and full of wisdom and hope. It is a valuable resource that will repay careful reading and re-reading. The closing testimony is interesting, illuminating and wisely written.
There were sections on ‘self-worth’ which made me feel just a little uncomfortable – partly because I didn’t altogether understand them. But there is much thought-provoking and really helpful material here too.
I commend this little volume unreservedly as an eminently biblical approach to the subject – as much in its spirit as in its impeccable handling of the biblical material.

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Christian and Technology
John V. Fesko

Even the most hardened Luddite will find himself using a satnav, mobile phone, or email on occasion. But John Fesko urges us not to reach for the latest gadget without thinking carefully about how it might shape our minds, relationships,…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Christ Victorious: Selected Writings of Hugh Martin
Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin (1822–1885) was one of those 19th century Scottish theologians whose published works have stood the test of time. With good reason, for his works are consistently sound, reverent, edifying, and challenging to mind and heart. This is a…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
God’s design for women in an age of gender confusion
Sharon James

Is our belief in male headship culturally outdated, and should we see alternative ideas of marriage as ‘progress’? Is it possible to be born into the wrong body, and is sexual freedom good for women? Does Scripture show us a…

Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Sexuality and Identity (trilogy)
Owen Strachan

These three punchy books address pressing issues: what the Bible teaches about lust (on desire), about homosexuality (on Biblical sexuality) and about transgenderism (on identity). The trilogy approach keeps each book short and focused while dovetailing effectively. Each book has…