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      When Christianity and homosexuality collide: understanding the potential intrapersonal conflict.

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      Journal of homosexuality
      Informa UK Limited

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          Reconciling sexual orientation with religious and spiritual beliefs can be challenging for Christian homosexuals, since many Christian churches teach that homosexual behavior is sinful. A qualitative study of 10 male and 10 female Christian homosexuals was conducted via semistructured interviews. This article seeks to explore the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality faced by the respondents. Participants' life stories and experiences varied widely. A few respondents were unaffected by the potential conflict between Christianity and homosexuality, however, the majority were affected. Effects included depression, guilt, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and alienation. Implications of the findings for support personnel are included.

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          Journal
          J Homosex
          Journal of homosexuality
          Informa UK Limited
          1540-3602
          0091-8369
          2012
          : 59
          : 10
          Affiliations
          [1 ] School of Education, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia.
          Article
          10.1080/00918369.2012.724638
          23153025
          8f870bb8-fc2a-44f4-909a-7f2c6c4266c9
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