- The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender
- List of Contributors
- The Theological Study of Sexuality
- The Theological Study of Gender
- Doctrine and Sexuality
- Contributions from Biology
- Contributions from Psychology
- Contributions from Anthropology
- Contributions from Sociology
- Contributions from Philosophy
- Contributions from Queer Theory
- Marriage and Sexual Relations in the World of the Hebrew Bible
- Marriage and Sexual Relations in the New Testament World
- Same-Sex Relations in the Biblical World
- The Construction of Gender in the New Testament
- Desire and the Body in the Patristic Period
- Duns Scotus on the Female Gender
- Reproducing Medieval Christianity
- Chaste Bodies, Salacious Thoughts: The Sexual Trials of the Medieval Clergy
- Sex and Marriage in the Protestant Tradition, 1500–1900
- Conflicts Within the Roman Catholic Church
- Conflicts Within the Anglican Communion
- Pentecostal Churches and Homosexuality
- Theology and Practice in Evangelical Churches
- Conflicts Within the Black Churches
- Violence and Justice
- Sexual Pleasure
- Desire and Love
- People Beginning Sexual Experience
- Wives and Husbands
- Gay Affections
- Bisexual People
- Intersex and Transgender People
- Disabled People
- Friends and Friendship
Abstract and Keywords
Historically, the majority of Pentecostal churches stem from holiness and revivalistic streams of Christianity, while neo-Pentecostal churches are often indigenous plantings that broke away from congregations established by earlier Protestant mission. Given their stress on religious experience and their belief in the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, Pentecostal churches have always stressed individual holiness, and this holiness is understood in terms of abstinence from drugs, alcohol, gambling, immodest dress, and sexual immorality as traditionally defined. This chapter describes adjustments and initiatives that indicate how new norms may emerge. The issue is essentially concerned with the interpretation of Scripture and variations in church government. Where these interpretations align with an LBGT-friendly hermeneutic, LBGT-friendly Pentecostal churches will and have emerged. Such changes tend to occur in new or split-off groups rather than in traditional Pentecostal denominations, especially when denominations are governed by large ministerial conferences where decisions are by secret ballot.
William Kay, Professor of Theology at the University of Glyndŵr.
Stephen Hunt, Associate Professor in the Sociology of Religion at the University of the West of England.
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