The Plausibility Problem

The Plausibility Problem : The Church and Same-Sex Attraction

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Can you be gay and Christian? Does the Bible really require celibacy outside of heterosexual marriage? Isn't it unrealistic and unfair, imposing loneliness and the loss of basic human satisfactions like sex and marriage? Is what the church teaches about homosexuality a plausible way of life? In this honest book, Ed Shaw shares his pain in dealing with same-sex attraction - and yet he is committed to what the Bible says and what the church has always taught about marriage and sex. He shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full. He also challenges missteps that the church has often made in its understanding of the Christian life and of sexuality. We have been shaped by the world around us, and urgently need to re-examine the values that drive our discipleship in the light of the Bible. Only by reclaiming the reality of gospel discipleship, can we truly appreciate that life in Christ is the best way for all of us to flourish - whoever we are attracted to.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 9mm | 232g
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783592060
  • 9781783592067
  • 52,716

About Ed Shaw

Ed Shaw is the pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol, England, and part of the editorial team at Living Out ( He loves his family and friends, church and city, gin and tonic, and music and books.
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