Sex and the Sacred: Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth

Sex and the Sacred: Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth

by Daniel A Helminiak, David Welton
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560233419

ISBN-13: 9781560233411

Pub. Date: 05/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A down-to-earth look at the spiritual power of sex

Sex and the Sacred examines the spiritual dimension of human sexuality in a way that is free of religious affiliation but still open to traditional religion and belief in God. Dr. Daniel Helminiak, author of the best-selling What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, looks at the relationship between

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A down-to-earth look at the spiritual power of sex

Sex and the Sacred examines the spiritual dimension of human sexuality in a way that is free of religious affiliation but still open to traditional religion and belief in God. Dr. Daniel Helminiak, author of the best-selling What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, looks at the relationship between sexuality and spirituality, first, from a humanistic perspective and, then, a more familiar Christian point of view. In particular, he encourages LGBTI people to reclaim their spiritual heritage without apology. This unique book emphasizes spiritual commitment as an essential facet of LGBTI/queer consciousness and addresses such burning themes as coming out, the importance of self-acceptance, gay marriage, gay bashing, and the ethics of gay sex.

Sex and the Sacred combines a psychological approach to spirituality with common sense and compassion, inspiring a break from moralistic religion and an understanding of what true spirituality means. The book applies this understanding to Christian topics such as the Bible, Fundamentalism, and the future of Christianity, and shows how coming out was an issue for Jesus, how homosexual experience relates to the Christian Trinity, and how Western Civilization became so sex-negative.

Sex and the Sacred presents in the end a radical vision of Christianity open to all people. Religious leaders of all denominations, educators, counselors, members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community, non-religious spiritual seekers, and anyone interested in the relationship between spirituality and sexuality will find this book enlightening and uplifting.

Sex and the Sacred examines:

  • the spiritual drive that is built into human sexuality
  • the standard religious arguments against gay marriage
  • a sustained argument that Biblical Fundamentalism is not Christian
  • spiritual lessons from the AIDS epidemic
  • the right and wrong of sex—queer and otherwise
  • homosexuality in Catholic teaching and practice
  • sexual ethics without religion
  • a vision for a renewed Christianity within a global community

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560233411
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

The cover art : a gay spiritual journey
Ch. 1The spiritual dimension of the lesbian and gay experience1
Ch. 2A spiritual lesson from the AIDS epidemic13
Ch. 3Sexuality and spirituality : friends, not foes35
Ch. 4Sexual self-acceptance and spiritual growth53
Ch. 5Sexual pathways to spiritual growth65
Ch. 6Sexual ethics without religion81
Ch. 7The right and wrong of sex, queer and otherwise87
Ch. 8The spiritual crisis in religion and society99
Ch. 9Jesus : a model for coming out111
Ch. 10The trinitarian vocation of the gay community129
Ch. 11Homosexuality in Catholic teaching and practice143
Ch. 12Gay marriage : a response to the Vatican153
Ch. 13Why biblical literalism is not Christian165
Ch. 14The Bible, homosexuality, and Christianity187
Ch. 15Gay bashing and 9/11 terrorism : religious perversion203
App. AA statement of spirituality211

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