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Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey to the Fullness of Life for Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else Hardcover – December, 1994

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In Freedom, McNeill completes his trilogy (The Church and the Homosexual and Taking a Chance on God) and adds another block to the rising structure that reconciles homosexuality and Christianity. The author's nearly 40 years as a Jesuit lend a Roman Catholic context here, but the problems for homosexual people within all of Christianity are similar enough that this offering is applicable beyond the Church of Rome. Beginning with the principle of spiritual discernment (i.e., the authority of each human being to know the truth about his or her own relationship to God), McNeill, a psychotherapist, is convinced that coming out is necessary for spiritual maturity as well as mental and emotional health. To enable this, he lauds the 12-step process as "the most powerful spiritual liberation process in the world today." He argues also that the emergence of open homosexuality is evidence of a new synthesis in the balancing of the human personality-a replacement for the breakdown of the patriarchial archetype. While some of his postulations are mind-bending (e.g., Mary, Martha and Lazarus were possibly gay and represent Jesus' "family of choice"), McNeill's navigation from inside the human spirit to outside human history is graceful, learned and worthy of contemplation.
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For more than thirty-five years, John J. McNeill, an ordained priest and psychotherapist, has been devoting his life to spreading the good news of God's love for lesbian and gay Christians. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Pr (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807079367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807079362
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,484,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a gay, ordained minister of the gospels. This book is superbly written and researched. A must for me on coming out, and a must for anyone who ministers to the gay community. God bless this author for taking this chance in his life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. P. Jay on May 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
John McNeill was one of the first Roman Catholics to write a systematic book on gay issues. He has helped many thousands. His life contains many lessons.

What is our view of God? Is he our lover? Or is he someone to be afraid of?

When John was still in his playpen, his mother died giving birth to the next child. He felt as if God and the whole universe were hostile.

His father was distant. He thinks that he had an intense longing for intimacy with God and that this explains his longing for male intimacy
denied him by his father, sought after in gay encounters. He cottaged in Paris after he was ordained. Looking back, instead of condemning this as sinful, he saw this as something good - a desire for intimacy, ultimately a desire for God but also a desire for other people because most of us get God's love through the love of other people.

Cottaging is part of the thirst for God, a basically healthy yearning because of the oppression from straight society there is often nowhere else to go to find love, so people settle for sex and such brief encounters can have something of the divine about them.

Too many gays are ashamed of their desires, ashamed of their behaviour. Label cottaging 'sinful' and the church can stop facing up to its own sin and the gay person can avoid looking at areas of life which ARE sins.

He feared that God was remote, like his father. The one jolly person in his early life was his stepmother, Katie. She played the fiddle in celidhs. Yet the church frowned on that sort of fun. The church thought dances were an occasion for sin. The Passionists were famous for their fire and brimstone sermons; their passion was not about God as loving passion but God as passionately angry towards sinners.
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