Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian

Sam Allberry | July 20, 2015

Wesley Hill is assistant professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Many will be familiar with his first book, Washed And Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2010), about his coming to terms with being (to use his terminology) a “celibate gay Christian.” Hill’s new book, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian, charts how life has been in the intervening years, focusing on what’s become a prominent theme for him as he’s sought to find appropriate emotional intimacy as a single man with homosexual feelings: friendship. “Friendship,” he writes, “is a good and godly love in its own right, just as worthy of attention, nurture, and respect as any other form of Christian affection.”

Spiritual Friendship comes in two parts. The first examines where we are on friendship today, where Christian tradition has been in the past, and where the Bible would point us in terms of the importance of friendship. Part two is a call to revive the lost art of friendship, particularly the all-but-forgotten tradition of “spiritual friendship” in which two persons of the same sex make formal commitments and vows to one another. Hill ends with some pointers on how we…

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