Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Lovers, Families, and Friends

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The second book in John McNeill's pathbreaking trilogy for lesbian and gay Christians, Taking a Chance on God brings a gay perspective to fundamental Christian questions: How can we understand suffering and death? How can we overcome fear, anger, and guilt? What does it mean to love God? What gifts do we bring to the body of Christ?
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Overview

The second book in John McNeill's pathbreaking trilogy for lesbian and gay Christians, Taking a Chance on God brings a gay perspective to fundamental Christian questions: How can we understand suffering and death? How can we overcome fear, anger, and guilt? What does it mean to love God? What gifts do we bring to the body of Christ?
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Library Journal
The author of The Church and the Homosexual (Beacon Pr., 1988. 3d ed.), former Jesuit McNeill was expelled from his order for violating the Vatican's demand that he remain silent concerning homosexuality and that he cease his ministry among gay men and lesbians. This book, his first published statement since his expulsion, has a singular merit: no apology for homosexuality, it is addressed directly to lesbians and gay men, treating their spiritual and psychological concerns with much success. Of particular importance to seminary and other religious libraries, this book will also be useful in public libraries, since it is geared to the common believer who happens to be gay.James Michael MacLeod, Library of Congress
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McNeill draws on the insights of the gay and lesbian liberation movement, his counseling experience with lesbian and gay people, and a variety of faith traditions--Catholic, mainstream Protestant, Evangelical and other world religions--to produce a unique, comprehensive, life-giving ethic.
--Equal Time

"Taking a Chance on God offers insights into human relationships and human health from which all persons, whether homosexual or heterosexual, can learn."
--America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807079034
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 10/28/1988
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1996 Edition
Preface to the 1988 Edition
Pt. 1 Growing Up in Our Faith: Spiritual Life and the Gay Experience 1
Ch. 1 Developing a Mature Faith Life 3
Ch. 2 The Challenge of Gay Atheism 12
Ch. 3 Pathological Religion and Healthy Religion 16
Ch. 4 Spiritual Maturity: A Challenge for Lesbian and Gay Christians 22
Pt. 2 Intimacy with God 27
Ch. 5 Dealing with Anger 30
Ch. 6 Liberation from Fear 42
Ch. 7 Lifting the Burden of Guilt, Shame, and Self-Hate 54
Pt. 3 Releasing God's Power 75
Ch. 8 Trusting in God 77
Ch. 9 Thanks Be to God 81
Ch. 10 Reconciliation and God's Presence 84
Pt. 4 The Gay Virtues 91
Ch. 11 The Spirit of Hospitality 95
Ch. 12 The Virtue of Compassion 100
Pt. 5 Celebrating Life 109
Ch. 13 The Freedom to Play 111
Ch. 14 This Is My Body 121
Ch. 15 Sex as Play 129
Ch. 16 The Relationship between Mary, the Mother of God, and the Gay and Lesbian Community 137
Pt. 6 Unto Dust You Shall Return 145
Ch. 17 The Christian Understanding of Death, Resurrection, and Time 148
Ch. 18 Reflections on Judgment 159
Ch. 19 Reflections on Mourning 168
Pt. 7 The Necessity of a Gay Spiritual Community 177
Ch. 20 The Role of a Gay Christian Community 179
Ch. 21 Conversion and the Gay Christian Community 186
Ch. 22 The Future of the Gay Christian Community 193
Epilogue: A Liberation Spirituality Based on Gay and Lesbian Experience 200
Notes 207
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