Theology Book Review

God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines

edited by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Reviewed date: 2023 Mar 15
96 pages
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A response to God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines. It's brief. I was hoping for something more detailed, but Mohler and the other writers did a good job of identifying the errors, omissions, and unstated (and unwarranted and unbiblical) presumptions in Vines's book. This is not a fully-developed treatise on historical Christian doctrine about marriage and sexuality, so it doesn't go into as much depth as I'd like. In several places it refers to other, more comprehensive books. But as a direct response to Matthew Vines's book it's a start. I appreciate that Al Mohler and others took the time to write a thoughtful response to a popular book.

My one complaint is that this response is unapologetically complementarian. I'd like to see a similar book written from an egalitarian point of view. I recognize that for some, the issues of complementarianism are part and parcel with a biblical view of marriage and sexuality. However, I think one can be egalitarian and still defend historical Christian teachings about marriage, but you wouldn't know that from Al Mohler and friends.

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