What if the author of the most strident gay-bashing verses in the Bible was himself gay? That is the premise of a new gay novel, A Wretched Man, a novel of Paul the Apostle. This gay novel has no titillating love scenes, only the sadness and loneliness of unrequited love. It offers a provocative point of view: that Paul's words spilled out as self-condemnation, that he was a self-loathing gay man tormented by sexual angst, a troubling "thorn in his flesh." Certain to stir up religious discussions of homosexuality, this gay novel has received critical acclaim: "Agree or disagree, this book opens up the reality of the world of Paul and his contemporaries in a way no other work does," writes one reviewer.
This book is certainly not a typical gay book nor is it an orthodox Christian book. You will probably not find it in a Christian bookstore, and maybe not where you find LGBT books. It breaks the mold of gay literature--and Christian literature--because it "beards the lion in his den".
Paul's writings defined God's grace for generations of Christians, he taught God's unconditional love--apart from the rigors of the law--and he promoted acceptance of the unacceptable. Does this novel contribute to the religious debates about homosexuality? Does this gay novel offer insight into Paul's oft-quoted, gay-bashing words? Does it offer another vision, a grace filled vision, a vision that appreciates the self-judgment that has long afflicted those deemed sinful and disordered, according to traditional Christianity? Through this gay novel, can the apostle yet bring a word of grace to those long stung by his harsh rhetoric?
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