Sex and the Sacred: Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth

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Overview

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: 5/28/2006
  • 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. 1 The spiritual dimension of the lesbian and gay experience 1
Ch. 2 A spiritual lesson from the AIDS epidemic 13
Ch. 3 Sexuality and spirituality : friends, not foes 35
Ch. 4 Sexual self-acceptance and spiritual growth 53
Ch. 5 Sexual pathways to spiritual growth 65
Ch. 6 Sexual ethics without religion 81
Ch. 7 The right and wrong of sex, queer and otherwise 87
Ch. 8 The spiritual crisis in religion and society 99
Ch. 9 Jesus : a model for coming out 111
Ch. 10 The trinitarian vocation of the gay community 129
Ch. 11 Homosexuality in Catholic teaching and practice 143
Ch. 12 Gay marriage : a response to the Vatican 153
Ch. 13 Why biblical literalism is not Christian 165
Ch. 14 The Bible, homosexuality, and Christianity 187
Ch. 15 Gay bashing and 9/11 terrorism : religious perversion 203
App. A A statement of spirituality 211
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