Those Seven References

A Study of the References to "Homosexuality" in the Bible and Their Impact on the Queer Community of Faith

John F. Dwyer

Mar/2021, 128 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640653375



A thoughtful analysis of the faulty rationale behind Christian anti-gay bias.

There have been enormous strides toward equality for the queer community in recent years. There have also been regressive local legislative actions seeking to limit those national steps toward equality. Many of those who have led these regressive efforts are individuals steeped in purposeful ignorance, bias, tribalism, and a radicalization of faithful beliefs, misleading their congregations and influencing legislators.

Personhood, the intense value of our individuality, cannot be made less by these few passages of scripture: God’s love for our uniqueness is not compromised by oft misinterpreted verses. Having knowledge and words to counter baseless accusations can disarm those who would use these passages as weapons of exclusion and judgement, and can empower the queer community to live confidently in God’s love.

JOHN F. DWYER is an Episcopal priest who has served the church in both seminary and parish settings, and had legal and corporate work experiences prior to being ordained. Throughout his life, he searched for ways to witness to and express the all-inclusive love of God, particularly as a married gay man.

“This fine and easily accessible book offers what the Apostle Paul has called ‘a more excellent way’ that reads the Bible in terms of love rather
than hate, hope rather than fear.”
—Mark Wingfield, Executive Director and Publisher, Baptist News Global, and author of Why Churches Need to Talk About Sexuality
“In this careful scholarly work, John Dwyer provides preachers, pastors, and Christians wrestling with these texts new ways to understand their full meaning and challenge their misuse.”
—The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President, House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church
“John Dwyer masterfully navigates the reader through a biblical journey of re-discovery. . . . This is a must-read not only for the LGBTQIA+ community
but also for anyone who seeks to be an ally in the building of the Beloved Community.”
—The Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson, Eleventh Bishop of Missouri


Chapter One: Genesis 19 and Judges 19
Part One: Genesis 19
Part Two: Judges 19
Part Three: Discussion

Chapter Two: Leviticus 18 and 20
Part One: Leviticus 18
Part Two: Leviticus 20
Part Three: Discussion

Chapter Three: Romans 1
Chapter Four: 1 Corinthians 6
Chapter Five: 1 Timothy 1


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  • queer
  • scripture
  • ministry
  • inclusivity

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