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In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching.
Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of political conservatives, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the "zoo animals," she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality. Gay and Catholic is the fruit of Tushnet's searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Eve Tushnet is a freelance writer and Catholic convert. She blogs at Patheos and her writing has been published by the Atlantic, Commonweal, First Things, and many other outlets. Tushnet gives frequent talks on being gay and Catholic and in 2010 was profiled in the New York Times "Beliefs" column.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Coining Out Catholic
Chapter 1 A Charmed Life 11
Chapter 2 The Botany Club 18
Chapter 3 Evidence for the Prosecution 31
Chapter 4 Lather, Rinse, Repent 46
Chapter 5 Three Kinds of Diversity in Gay Christian Lives 60
Part 2 You Are Called to Love
Chapter 6 What Vocation Is and Is Not 74
Chapter 7 Friendship in Theology and History 88
Chapter 8 Spiritual Friendship Today and Tomorrow 100
Chapter 9 From Friends to Family 119
Chapter 10 The Church as Home 128
Chapter 11 Service and Solidarity 143
Chapter 12 Challenges Within Your Vocation 152
Conclusion: The Two Crowns 174
Appendix 1 Further Resources 178
Appendix 2 Frequently Asked Questions 188
Appendix 3 Making the Church a Place of Welcome for Same-Sex Attracted Christians 204
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had been looking forward to reading Eve Tushnet's book, and it may well be a fine book. But this Nook file has serious technical issues, and makes the book difficult to read and navigate through. One star in hopes this bad review will catch the author's and/or publisher's attention, and convince them to demand the ebook file be fixed. In the meantime, I've just wasted $11 on an unreadable book. Grrr.