Sexual Authenticity

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Real glimpses into the hearts and lives of other people are rare ...

Columnist and author Melinda Selmys gives readers an unusual opportunity to explore the topic of homosexuality and the Catholic faith from a fresh, honest perspective. Her intensely personal reflections help clarify the misconceptions that have hindered meaningful dialogue between Catholics and homosexuals. Transcending stereotypes and avoiding pat sentiments, she speaks ...

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Overview

Real glimpses into the hearts and lives of other people are rare ...

Columnist and author Melinda Selmys gives readers an unusual opportunity to explore the topic of homosexuality and the Catholic faith from a fresh, honest perspective. Her intensely personal reflections help clarify the misconceptions that have hindered meaningful dialogue between Catholics and homosexuals. Transcending stereotypes and avoiding pat sentiments, she speaks directly to every Christian who has experienced same-sex attraction or knows someone who has.

In addition to her personal story of exchanging secular lesbianism for Catholicism and resolving her own inner conflicts, the author presents an enlightening analysis of history, social theory, and media influence on the subject of homosexuality. She refutes much of the clumsy theorizing and "junk science" common to both sides of the debate, effectively bridging gaps between perception and reality. Selmys addresses the complexities surrounding sexual identity with pronounced compassion, adding a practical discussion of the Theology of the Body to complete the circle from a Catholic perspective.

This groundbreaking book expertly walks the fine line between divisiveness and platitudes - a must-read for everyone who has ever felt ambiguous about the Church's stance on homosexuality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592764938
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN)
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 977,023
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Apology 7

Part I Homosexuality in the World

Chapter 1 Media 17

Chapter 2 Politics 27

Chapter 3 History 37

Part II Homosexuality in Theory

Chapter 4 Psychology 51

Chapter 5 Statistics 68

Chapter 6 Theology 79

Part III Homosexuality and the Human Person

Chapter 7 Body 97

Chapter 8 Family 111

Chapter 9 Children 124

Part IV Homosexuality and God

Chapter 10 Faith 143

Chapter 11 Hope 161

Chapter 12 Love 180

Part V Homosexuality and Identity

Chapter 13 Gender 197

Chapter 14 Vocation 210

Chapter 15 Beauty 223

Notes 236

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    highly recomended

    The must be the best book I have ever read on the subject of human relationship (don't be put off by the subtitle -the subject is much wider and deeper that homosexuality and the catholic church as it touches upon almost every aspect of human relationships in family marriage and society). Melinda Selmys continually returns to the teaching of the Bible which is clearly the source of all that she says. She also draws from an amazing breadth of writings ranging from John Paul II's massive encyclical on Human sexuality to Harry Potter. It is a logical sane and clearly thought through work and mercilessly cuts through all the hypocrisy and cant the manipulation and politics of the media and the half baked ideas of the liberal atheistic intelligence- the ideas that are half concealed in the words and terms that are adopted and are so easily swallowed whole by our all too receptive generation. It is also easy to read, laced as it is with humour and every day references that we can understand. One of its great strengths is that it is written from her own experience which she reveals with an honesty and transparency which is breathtaking. It is life affirming in the fullest sense. It is authoritive too - she knows what she is talking about. More than all of that it takes a fresh wholesome and hope filled look at one of the most contentious subject of our time.

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