Christ and the Homosexual: An Early Manifesto for an Affirming Christian Ministry to Homosexuals
Bernard Schlager (‘Christ and the Homosexual: An Early Manifesto for an Affirming Christian Ministry to Homosexuals’) points to the work of a particular individual as having played an important role during this period. Schlager discusses how the American minister, Robert Wood presented his fellow Christians with a view of homosexuality in his book Christ and the Homosexual (1960) that was revolutionary. Wood argued that homosexuals held a rightful place in Church and society and that they should abandon neither Christianity nor the Church. More specifically he called for the advancement of civil rights for homosexuals; the construction of pro-homosexual theologies; the education, ordination, and career placement of ‘out’ homosexuals; and marriage equality for same-sex couples.