“A trial and other controversies.” The Presbyterian Church (USA) and Homosexuality. 2004. Religious Tolerance. 20 Feb. 2006 <http://www.religioustorlance.org/hom_pru14.htm>.
This article gives a number of examples of homosexuals dealing with the issue of their sexuality in the Presbyterian Church. Some of these stories are just from members of the church, others are from ministers and others are from people who held positions as elders. The article explores the unequal treatment they face from their sexual orientation.
Ashbaugh, Jennifer. “Homosexuality in the Presbyterian Church.” The Collegian Online. 2 Feb. 2002 <http://www.utusla.edu/COLLEGIAN/article.asp?article=1040>.
This article focuses on homosexuals being ordained in the Presbyterian Church. It also looks at older Presbyterian Churches where homosexuality is an issue, it is said that the average age in a Presbyterian Church is about 60 years old, which definitely reflects my church. The article releases the amendment to the ordination of homosexuals, saying it should be based on the individual Presbytery. It also suggest that the Presbytery is “escaping from its previous morals,” and that is the real issue at hand, not homosexuality.
Bailey, Derrick Sherwin. Homosexuality and the Western Christian Tradition. London: Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd., 1975.
This book focuses on the homosexual’s interpretation of the Sodom sin. It further reviews the texts in the Bible, focusing on the Old Testament. It also analyses why tradition can no longer be used as the most competent guide for theologians.
Bates, Stephen. A Church At War Anglicans and Homosexuality. New York: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2004.
This book provides an in-depth look at the Bible and the verses having referencing homosexuality. It gives varying analysis of each of the verses from different scholars. Also included in this text are reasoning’s why homosexuals are attracted to ordination.
Corvino, John, ed. Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science and Culture of Homosexuality. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1997.
This book also provides an in-depth look at the Bible and the verses referencing homosexuality, though it is more update in its analyses than several other references. It also explores Roman and Biblical sexuality in general and how it could be interpreted. Perhaps more useful is Robert Knight’s chapter on gay marriage threatening the family.
Hartman, Keith. Congregations in Conflict: The Battle over Homosexuality. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1996
This book states that homosexuality is the biggest issue in the church to date. Hartman cites numerous churches that have dealt with such issues and further explores how the issues were handled and includes the outcome.
“Homosexuality.” Presbyterian 101. 2005. PC(USA). 20 Feb. 2006 <http://www.pcusa.org/101/101-homosexual.htm>.
This source is straight from the Presbyterian Church of the United States, it gives the Church’s stance on the social issues of homosexuality. It also includes overviews of several meetings that the Presbyterian General Assembly has convened over the issue. Furthermore it includes the Presbytery’s opinion on gay marriage and later looks at the issue of ordination in the Presbyterian Church.
Riggle, Ellen D., PhD, and Alan L. Ellis, PhD. “Political Tolerance of Homosexuals: The Role of Group Attitudes and Legal Principles.” Journal of Homosexuality 26.4 (1994) : 135-147.
Their study shows that some attitudes are cognitively based and some are primarily affectively based. Congitively attitudes are based on thoughts and beliefs and others are based on feelings and emotions. In today’s society homosexuals are not considered a political group.
Scanzoni, Letha, and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott. Is The Homosexual My Neighbor? New York: Harper & Row, 1978.
This book explores those who are affected by homosexuality by giving examples of people’s experiences, family and friends of homosexuals. It also discusses the homosexual Christian, their contributions to the church and society. Also provided is an overview of the debate regarding homosexuality in the Church and why Christians find homosexuality hard to deal with.
Sullivan, Andrew, ed. Same-Sex Marriage Pro and Con a Reader. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.
Sullivan provides a collection of information from many different backgrounds, including thoughts and beliefs on homosexuality from the Jewish religion. Also provided are the pro’s and con’s to gay marriage as well as a statement from a Catholic Bishop. The controversy of why homosexuality should not be demonstrated in front of children is contested with interviews from children who have been raised in homosexual homes. The children deliver the message that they are glad they were raised in that environment.