ERIC Number: EJ909424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Alpha and the Gay Issue: A Lesson in Homophobia?
Hunt, Stephen John
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v26 n3 p261-271 Dec 2005
The Alpha course is possibly the most widespread and best-known evangelizing initiative of recent times. Billing itself as an introduction into "basic Christianity", Alpha is a programme that has been adopted worldwide by tens of thousands of churches. This paper overviews Alpha's attitude towards one of the most controversial debates in the Church today, the so-called "gay issue". The paper, largely based on literature research and a national survey, will explore the broad controversy in the churches and argue that how it is approached through the Alpha programme provides an insight into contemporary views in Christian constituencies.
Descriptors: Churches, Christianity, Homosexuality, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Program Descriptions, Religious Education, National Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom