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With compassion, sensitivity, and scholarly depth, Hays makes the strongest exegetical case I'm aware of that the weight of the biblical witness is against same-sex sexual partnerships.

Creation And Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage
Christopher Chenault Roberts (T&T Clark)

"God made us as male and female," says Roberts, and "living in ways which testify to that is what shall ultimately make us free." If I could recommend only one book for exploring Christianity's sexual ethics, it would be this one.

Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism
Melinda Selmys (Our Sunday Visitor)

Selmys tells the story of breaking off a seven-year lesbian relationship and becoming Catholic. It was beauty—or, as she puts it, "Beauty"—that drew her to Christ. "It is for this," she writes, "that I gave up homosexuality."

The Inner Voice Of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom
Henri J. M. Nouwen (Image)

Say you're celibate. Say you fall deeply in love with your dearest friend—only to watch that friend walk away. It's a familiar story to many celibate gay Christians. Nouwen writes about the aftermath, about how you journey on with God.

The Friend
Alan Bray (University of Chicago Press)

Bray is a historian, and this is his chronicle of non-erotic, same-sex friendships in England from about the year 1000 on through the 19th century. Here are inspiration and instruction for us who want to cultivate chaste same-sex friendships today.

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