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Born This Way? Homosexuality, Science, and the Scriptures

ISBN: 9781683591863


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What are Christians to make of relentless assertions that homosexuality is an innate characteristic? Some pastors and church members are suggesting that scientific research demands a change to the historic stance of Christian sexual ethics.

The author of Born This Way? wants Christians not to be intimidated and confused by these assertions. Branch succeeds by carefully walking the reader through the research (but not painstakingly so) to show that homosexuality is not an innate quality, and how some findings are twisted to arrive at pre-conceived notions. He concludes that, “while there are some genetic or biological factors that correlate with a higher incidence of same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior, as of yet there is no proof of genetic or biological causation for homosexuality.” This distinction is vital, and it comes as good news to those who want to be faithful to both science and the Bible.

Praise for Born This Way?

Born This Way? is an important contribution to the discussion of homosexuality in society at large, and especially the in Christian community. While the book is explicitly Christian, the vast majority of the text is the presentation and review of secular, scientifically-obtained data! The biblical perspective is gentle and respectful of the high emotion surrounding this issue, but consistent with an orthodox evangelical theology and a high view of Scripture. The chapter on the church’s response to those caught in this sin should inform us and challenge us.

—Andrew J. Holder, Professor of Computational/Organic Chemistry, University of Missouri, Kansas City

I am delighted to recommend this timely and much needed new work by Alan Branch. I have gained much from it already and think it soon will be thought essential to anyone engaging today’s culture on the most pressing issue of our time—that of resisting pressures to normalize same-sex attractions and behavior based on what science is alleged to have proven. Professor Branch deals at length and in detail with the best science to-date and demonstrates how the unchanging word of God is worth trusting now more than ever.

—Daniel R. Heimbach, Senior Professor of Christian Ethics; Fellow, L. Rush Bush Center for Faith & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

In this book Dr. Branch speaks to the subject of genetic determinism in regard to sexual orientation. While this topic can be quite complex, the content of this volume unfolds in such a way that it is accessible to those unfamiliar with the topic, yet it will be respected by experts in the field. Perhaps more importantly, the tone of this book is balanced and winsome, making it clear that Dr. Branch’s aim is both the education of like-minded readers and ministry to those who would disagree.

—David W. Jones, Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


  • Introduction
  • Sigmund Freud and Homosexuality
  • Alfred Kinsey and Homosexuality
  • The American Psychiatric Association and Homosexuality
  • Brain Plasticity and Homosexuality
  • Homosexuality and Prenatal Hormones
  • Heterosexual and Homosexual Brain Differences
  • Homosexuality and Twin Studies
  • Homosexuality and DNA Research
  • Homosexuality and Other Factors
  • “I Can’t Change, Even If I Wanted To”
  • Born-This-Way Arguments and Christian Ethics

Product Details

  • Title: Born This Way? Homosexuality, Science, and the Scriptures
  • Author: J. Alan Branch
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 192
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781683591863

Branch teaches Christian ethics at Midwestern Seminary and serves as the vice president for student development. He received a Doctor of Philosophy and a Masters of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Having a special interest in medical ethics, he titled his dissertation “The Challenge Posed by Autonomy in Medical Ethics.” Branch earned a B.B.A. from Kennesaw State College. Prior to joining the Midwestern staff in 2001, he served as a pastor for eight years in North Carolina. Branch continues to serve as interim pastor in the Missouri-Kansas area. His research interests include abortion euthanasia, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, and the ethics of Gnosticism. Branch and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Joy and Anna Beth.


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