One of the best ways to prepare oneself for the onslaught of religion-based hostility is to read some of the very many books on the subject that have emerged over the last thirty years or so. But with such a wealth of titles available, and the field constantly expanding, the obvious question is where to begin? To which the obvious reply is, where are you starting from?
The question matters. You need to be clear on whether you want a simple introduction, a general but comprehensive overview for laypeople, or a scholarly tome filled with notes, sources and all the necessary qualifications, ifs and buts. Are you looking for approaches rooted in scripture, or Church teaching, or both?
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The subdivisions at present are:
LGBT, Sexuality in Church History – books which investigate the history (ancient and modern) of responses by the church to sexuality or LGBT relationships.
LGBT Spirituality & Scripture – grouped for now in one section are books on spirituality from an LGBT perspective, LGBT supportive themes from Scripture, and on analyses of the infamous “Clobber Texts.”
Lesbian & Gay Theology, Queer Theology
Biography & Memoir (LGBT, Faith-Based)
LGBT Pastoral Care (including response to HIV/AIDS)
Queer / LGBT
Fiction & Poetry (LGBT, Faith-Based)
Other Gay & Lesbian History, Queer Studies
Other books on faith and religion
Pages in preparation for specific authors are:
Richard Cleaver: Know My Name
More will be added.