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Love Is an Orientation

Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community

by Andrew Marin
Foreword by Brian McLaren

Love Is an Orientation
  • Length: 205 pages
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  • Published: September 25, 2009
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 7810
  • ISBN: 9780830878109

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Andrew Marin's life changed forever when his three best friends came out to him in three consecutive months. Suddenly he was confronted with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community (GLBT) firsthand. And he was compelled to understand how he could reconcile his friends to his faith.

In an attempt to answer that question, he and his wife relocated to Boystown, a predominantly GLBT community in Chicago. And from his experience and wrestling has come his book, Love Is an Orientation, a work which elevates the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community, moving the focus from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs.

Why are so many people who are gay wary of people who are Christians? Do GLBT people need to change who they are? Do Christians need to change what they believe? Love Is an Orientation is changing the conversation about sexuality and spirituality, and building bridges from the GLBT community to the Christian community and, more importantly, to the good news of Jesus Christ.


Foreword by Brian McClaren
Introduction: When My Friends Came Out
1. We Don't Need Your God!
2. We Are Not Your Project: Sexual Behavior Is Gay Identity
3. Stigma, Shame and Politics: The GLBT Experience in the Broader Culture
4. Gays Versus Christians and Gay Christians
5. Who Are We Looking to for Validation?: The GLBT Quest for Good News from God
6. Reclaiming the Word "Love": Measurable Unconditional Behaviors
7. The Big 5: Principles for a More Constructive Conversation
8. Laying the Foundation: Commitment, Boldness and the Big 5
9. Building a Bridge: Asking the Right Questions
10. Crossing a Bridge: The World Reads Christians, Not the Bible
Appendix: Testamonies from the Gay Community


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Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is the president and founder of The Marin Foundation, an organization that systemically builds bridges between the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ), and conservative Christian communities through scientific research and biblical and social education. He is the author of Love Is an Orientation and the ebook Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility Can Save the Public Square. A self-described homophobic, straight, Bible-believing, conservative Christian, alpha-male, Marin's life changed radically in 2000 when, during three consecutive months, his three best friends all came out to him. Determined to find some answers to his crisis, he became what he calls "the gayest straight dude in America," and followed God's call to move to the LGBTQ Boystown neighborhood of Chicago to immerse himself in the gay and lesbian community. While living there for twelve years with his family, he began The Marin Foundation, focused on training and teaching churches around the country how to build bridges with their local gay and lesbian community in order to make a significant impact for the kingdom. He also oversees the foundation's national research study, which is the largest study of its kind ever done in the LGBTQ community regarding spirituality and religion. Marin has a BA in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago, an MA in Urban Studies and Social Change from Eastern University and is currently earning his PhD from St. Mary’s College at the University of St. Andrews in Constructive Theology and Ethics. He regularly lectures and facilitates trainings around the world and his speech Homophobia and Bridging from within the Evangelical Church, given on Capitol Hill the night before the inauguration of President Barack Obama, is archived in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Since 2010, he has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation.