From Lillian Kwon and Christian Post.
Results of a controversial study addressing two of the most debated questions on “ex-gays” will be announced this week in Nashville.
First: “Is change of sexual orientation possible?” And second: “Is the attempt to change harmful?”
Researchers Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University, both of whom are evangelical Christians, conducted “A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation,” asking the two questions which have been long debated by mental health professionals and Christian counselors.
“We are evangelical Christians committed to the truth-seeking activity of science,” Jones and Yarhouse said in a joint statement, addressing skeptics of Christian researchers on a matter of science. “In conducting and reporting this study, we took seriously the words of one of our heroes, C. S. Lewis, who said that science produced by Christian persons would have to be ‘perfectly honest. Science twisted in the interests of apologetics would be sin and folly.'”
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