When Christianity and Homosexuality Collide

Understanding the Potential Intrapersonal Conflict

Nasrudin Subhi, David Geelan

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Abstract

Reconciling sexual orientation with religious and spiritual beliefs can be challenging for Christian homosexuals, since many Christian churches teach that homosexual behavior is sinful. A qualitative study of 10 male and 10 female Christian homosexuals was conducted via semistructured interviews. This article seeks to explore the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality faced by the respondents. Participants' life stories and experiences varied widely. A few respondents were unaffected by the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality, however, the majority were affected. Effects included depression, guilt, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and alienation. Implications of the findings for support personnel are included.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1382-1402
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume59
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Christianity
conflict potential
Homosexuality
homosexuality
Suicidal Ideation
Guilt
Life Change Events
Religion
Sexual Behavior
Anxiety
Interviews
Depression
sexual orientation
guilt
alienation
personnel
church
Sexual Minorities
Conflict (Psychology)
anxiety

Keywords

  • Christianity
  • conflict
  • homosexuality
  • interview

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education

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When Christianity and Homosexuality Collide : Understanding the Potential Intrapersonal Conflict. / Subhi, Nasrudin; Geelan, David.

In: Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 59, No. 10, 11.2012, p. 1382-1402.

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