Alpha and the gay issue: a lesson in homophobia?
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.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of West of England, Bristol, UK
Publication date: December 1, 2005