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Men, Homosexuality, and the Gods: An Exploration into the Religious Significance of Male Homosexuality in World Perspective (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies) Paperback – July 31, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560231521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560231523
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,936,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Important....A timely, accessible, and valuable resource not only for gay and bisexual men but for everyone concerned with the interlocking questions of religion, gender, and violence."

About the Author

Ronald E. Long is Assistant Professor of Religion at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His essays have appeared in The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, The Journal of Men's Studies and The Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Lamp on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was very disappointing, by the title you would think that this book has useful information about the different religions and how homosexuality plays a part in that religion. I could only force myself to read half of this book before I got sick of the author constantly talking about homosexuality as humiliating and ridiculous. Having researched Native American tradition and Wicca I have come to know that neither of these traditions look down on homosexuality as being humiliation or ridiculous. This book is not at all what it appears to be.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David R. Gillespie on October 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Professor Long provides a much needed and long awaited treatment of homosexuality in religious perspectives. His focus on the issues of "gender-threat" and its relation to why some religions are antagonistic to male homosexuality is right on target. He combines his knowledge of religious traditions with a cultural eye that gives the reader tremendous insight. I devoured this book, as should anyone interested in the whole "bible-homo" question.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Rucker on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled upon a mention of this book in someone's blog and was immediately interested because I was expecting a juicy examination of images of Pagan Gods in relation to gay male psychology and identity, and perhaps spiritual practice. (Books that examine images of Gods in relation to men usually tend to be quasi-Jungian redux-- like GODS IN EVERYMAN by Jean Shinoda Bolen or those written by Robert Bly camp followers, and the rarer ones that relate to current Pagan practice tend to be cursory overviews with the intent of introducing the reader to "Paganism 101"-- this includes even the one such book specifically targeted to gay men, THE PATH OF THE GREEN MAN by Michael Thomas Ford.)

Instead, what I received-- thru interlibrary loan, so thankfully I did not waste my money on this dull book-- was a vapid rehash of historical material relating primarily to how major monotheisms (and a few indigenous cultures) accepted or did not accept homosexuality in men. Plus a very dull continuing exegesis on "topping' and "bottoming" as seen through these cultures, blah blah blah. I suspect others who have sought out this book were similarly mislead by the use of the words "the Gods" in the title. A more accurate title, which would have placed this book on the correct heap of existing material-- material has been covered before, and by more interesting writers-- would have been "MEN, HOMOSEXUALITY, AND RELIGION," etc.

"Gods" in general are *personifications* of the numinous (a term I am using because it embraces the mythic, the mythopoetic, the spiritual, the religious, the archetypal, etc.)-- or more specifically, *aspects* of the numinous. I deal in images of Gods because I am a mythopoeic artist (for examples, you can see my work at paulruckerart.com).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SheistyScholar on February 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
An excellently thought out analysis of several religions and their views on sexuality. Long supposes that historically, sex has been treated as war in the bedroom, even if such war-play is pleasurable, ultimately it has become a crossroads of power and domination, which in is institutionalized through religious teachings. Through his thorough research, he is able to construct a case for how the human psyche came to attribute supernatural/religious significance to the mundane realities of sexual evolution.

Some of his views run slightly counter to the more mainstream teachings of Women's/Gender Studies departments, but his work makes for a great companion text for any such courses.
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13 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Black Prince on April 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Bought this book hoping for a properly constructed thesis, very disappointing. If you don't subscribe to his thesis to begin with that the world is agin men being receptive like women, and that religions that disdain homosexuality are in fear of losing their patriarchal structure; ie. receptive male intercourse undermines male hierarchy and confuses sexual roles - well if you don't accept this to start with you won't after reading this book.

It would be good to read a proper logical argument instead of frantic efforts to heap sand into ramparts before the tide of critical opinion comes in and washes these soluble ramparts away; but I have not yet found it, and this book doesn't either.

It is actually quite pathetic, there is an absence of hard logic or reasoned fact. Men may well engage in same-sex relations because it pleasures them, or for some dysfunctional reason; it is the hedonism that offends religion, not the feminist line about threats to male hierarchy...............then again Dr Long can hardly use "penis envy" as a rationale but otherwise he re-hashes feminist jargon to pose some great threat to male family structures if one of them decides to bend over and be receptive to male advances.

It is like tackling a souffle; the book has no coherent argument and merely reinforces existing prejudices; if you want to believe this nonsensical thesis you will enjoy the book provided you are not given to rational thought; otherwise you will feel you have just read some flaccid prose in a third-rate magazine.............maybe you have !
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