Christianity

Christianity

 

Welcome to Christianity and sexuality resources!

 

Quick Christianity 101: 

 

Christians are monotheistic, meaning they believe in only one God. God has created the heavens and earth, and He consists of three parts: the father (God himself), the son (Jesus Christ), amd the Holy Spirit. 

 

The history of Christianity is focused on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was born in Bethlehem around 2 B.C. and 7 B.C. to Mary who was a virgin at the time of his birth, and became pregnant with the son of God through the Holy Spirit. 

 

Jesus was raised Jewish, and wanted to improve Judaism. At around the age of 30, he spent three years healing and performing miracles on people. He also taught in parables to people and claimed to speak with the authority of God. This eventually led to his capture by the Romans who crucified him. Later when some of his followers came to check the tomb he was placed in, they found that his body was no longer there. According to the Gospel accounts, he was claimed by his followers to have been seen going to heaven. 


 

Some of the messages Jesus’ parables contained were: 

 

 

The resources below relate to those who are spiritually aligned with Christianity and have questions relating to sexuality and LGBTQ+ in Christianity. 

 

Want to learn more? Click here for a more in depth introduction and resources on the history of Christianity:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/history/history_1.shtml

 

https://www.history.com/topics/religion/history-of-christianity

Christianity Resources

  • Gay Affirming Churches

    Ministering to LGBTQ+ Christians and our allies around the globe. We feature the largest welcoming and affirming church directory in the world.
  • LGBTQ in Early Christianity

    Early Christian writers were influenced by several factors when they wrote about human sexuality and behavior: the importance of fertility the traditions and dictates of Judaism Greco-Roman cultural and social elements concepts found in various schools of philosophy in relation to the body and the soul. The evidence for Christian views and teachings on the topic are meager in the 1st century CE and in the New Testament. Most of the teaching on human sexuality arose in the 2nd century CE with the writings of the Church Fathers.
  • Most Christian Colleges Will Never Be a Safe Space For LGBTQ Students. But They Must Still Do Better To Affirm and Support Us

    As a queer person of faith born and raised in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, I have only ever attended Christian educational institutions. I am a graduate of Andrews University, the Church’s flagship school in Berrien Springs, Michigan—a university that prides itself in empowering students to make a change in the world. Like many evangelical and Christian denominations, the Seventh-day Adventist Church believe that being LGBTQ is a sin, and that life-long celibacy is the only acceptable response to a LGBTQ person’s sexuality. As long as the official Seventh-day Adventist teachings on gender and sexuality remain the same, campuses like Andrews will never be a completely safe environment for LGBTQ people. But there will always be LGBTQ people in the Church—in many instances, it is their only community—just as there will always be LGBTQ people in Church-affiliated spaces. It is necessary, then, that our Christian universities and colleges are held accountable for the ways they treat LGBTQ people on campus.
  • List of Christian denominations affirming LGBT people

    Some Christian denominations do not consider homosexuality or transgender identity to be sins. These include entire religious denominations, as well as individual churches and congregations. Some are composed mainly of non-LGBT members and also have specific programs to welcome LGBT people, while others are composed mainly of LGBT members. Additionally, some denominations which are not LGBT-affirming have member-organized groups which are not officially sanctioned by the denomination. There are also ecumenical or para-church programmes that are explicitly outreaches to LGBT people, but do not identify with any particular faith tradition or denomination.
  • Christian role models FOR LGBT EQUALITY

    temporalCoverage21st Century
    spatialCoverageWorldwide
    Audience Education LevelGeneral
  • Is it REALLY ok to be LGBTQ and Christian?

    At Queer Theology we’ve developed a ton of resources over the years. On this page we’ve got them organized by topic so you can find exactly what you’re looking for exactly when you need it. From asking if it’s okay to be LGBTQ to navigating sex and relationships to finding a church. You need support? You can find it here.
  • How to Be a Sex-Positive Christian

    Martha Schick teaches sex-ed to teens at church — here are some of the key lessons.
  • Sex, God and The Conservative Church: Erasing Shame From Sexual Intimacy

    temporalCoverage21st Century
    spatialCoverageUnited States
    Audience Education LevelSpecialized
  • From shame to sin: the Christian transformation of sexual morality in late antiquity

    When Rome was at its height, an emperor’s male beloved, victim of an untimely death, would be worshipped around the empire as a god. In this same society, the routine sexual exploitation of poor and enslaved women was abetted by public institutions. Four centuries later, a Roman emperor commanded the mutilation of men caught in same-sex affairs, even as he affirmed the moral dignity of women without any civic claim to honor. The gradual transformation of the Roman world from polytheistic to Christian marks one of the most sweeping ideological changes of premodern history. At the center of it all was sex. Exploring sources in literature, philosophy, and art, Kyle Harper examines the rise of Christianity as a turning point in the history of sexuality and helps us see how the roots of modern sexuality are grounded in an ancient religious revolution. While Roman sexual culture was frankly and freely erotic, it was not completely unmoored from constraint. Offending against sexual morality was cause for shame, experienced through social condemnation. The rise of Christianity fundamentally changed the ethics of sexual behavior. In matters of morality, divine judgment transcended that of mere mortals, and shame―a social concept―gave way to the theological notion of sin. This transformed understanding led to Christianity’s explicit prohibitions of homosexuality, extramarital love, and prostitution. Most profound, however, was the emergence of the idea of free will in Christian dogma, which made all human action, including sexual behavior, accountable to the spiritual, not the physical, world.
    Audience Education LevelGeneral
    reviewedByRachael Scott
    Spatial CoverageRoman Empire
    Temporal CoverageClassical Antiquity
Browse all
Prev Next