A better understanding of the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality

Subhi, N., Geelan, D., McMahon, M., Jusoff, Kamaruzaman, Mohamad, S. M., Sarnon, N., Nen, S., Hoesni, S. M., Chong, Sheau Tsuey, Fauziah, I. and Alavi, Khadijah (2011) A better understanding of the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality. World Applied Sciences Journal, 12 SPL ISS.: 13-19.

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Author Subhi, N.
Geelan, D.
McMahon, M.
Jusoff, Kamaruzaman
Mohamad, S. M.
Sarnon, N.
Nen, S.
Hoesni, S. M.
Chong, Sheau Tsuey
Fauziah, I.
Alavi, Khadijah
Title A better understanding of the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality
Journal name World Applied Sciences Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1818-4952
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 12
Issue SPL ISS.
Start page 13
End page 19
Total pages 7
Editor Abdel Rahman M. Al-Tawaha
Place of publication Faisalabad, Pakistan
Publisher International Digital Organization for Scientific Information (IDOSI)
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Most organized religions including Christianity still regard homosexuality as being against their teachings, as sinful and contrary to scripture. Thus the matter of reconciling sexual orientation with religious and spiritual beliefs can be a very challenging and complicated process for those homosexual persons who uphold Christianity as their religion. This paper seeks to explore the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality faced by the respondents. A qualitative study was conducted via in-depth semi-structured interviews with purposively selected homosexual persons. The result found that a small percentage of respondents were unaffected by the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality. Nevertheless, the majority, eighty percent, were affected by the conflict, implying that both Christianity and homosexuality were important components of their lives. The most common personal effects of conflict between Christianity and homosexuality indentified include depression, self-blame/guilt, anxiety, suicidal ideation and alienation. Some implications for practice are presented at two few different levels: (1) mental health professionals and (2) church leaders and clergymen.
© IDOSI Publications, 2011
Keyword Homosexuality
Sexual identity
Intrapersonal conflict
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue of Social and Psychological Sciences for Human Development. Nasrudin Subhi was a UQ student at the time of research for this article.

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