"A professor of divinity writing about the key terms in the American Christian controversy over male homosexuality would seem to promise dull reading. But by steering clear of all jargon except the terms he focuses on—terms used in public, not academic, debate—and by critiquing many important pamphlets and books about homosexuality, Jordan produces an absorbing book. . . . Dense with information, bristling with provocative perspectives, Jordan's effort is a vital supplement to the political and social histories of the long struggle for gay rights."
“The anti-LGBTQ industry invented a theology of self-loathing and oppression in order to gain power at the expense of queer people’s lives. Mark Jordan has captured this history and offers deep, but practical analysis of its rhetorical frames. I am sure I will turn to it again and again as a pastor and activist seeking to do God’s justice in a dangerous world.”
(Harry Knox, director, Religion and Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundati)
“Recruiting Young Love
is quite special. Jordan has once again written a compelling, concise, exciting, and important contribution to the study of sexuality and religion, which will most certainly shape scholarly work and cultural debates for years to come. Jordan confirms his reputation as one of the leading voices in the study of religion and sexuality.”
(Michael Cobb, author of God Hates Fags: The Rhetorics of Religious Violence)
About the Author
Mark D. Jordan is the Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School and the author of many books, including The Silence of Sodom, also published by the University of Chicago Press.