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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226410447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226410449
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."
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“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.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Underoo23 on June 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The title may seem a tendentious or scandalous, and after reading the book I find that the title does not necessarily reflect the book entirely accurately; the subtitle "How Christians Talk About Homosexuality" gets to the heart of the matter. Dr. Jordan's thoroughly researched book gives a very broad history and analysis of the rhetoric which Christians have used in addressing, condemning, and attempting to reconcile themselves with homosexuality. It is actually a very short read, only about 230 pages, and is not difficult. Dr. Jordan clearly has a voice, which does well to relieve the sometimes more academic sections. Some chapters were easier reads than others but all of them were worth it in further understanding the issue.

One of the aspects of the book in which I noted a bias on Jordan's part is a hope that Christianity and LGBT rights and tolerance can be reconciled. As a self-professed Christian, there are several places where his bias in favor of Christianity using some of the same, ultimately vague verbiage of things like "peace in Christ" sneak in (mostly in the preface and conclusion). Still, his tone is ultimately neutral; he is certainly no apologist for the atrocities which Christians have committed against LGBT people, for the slander and defamation which has been preached as gospel, nor for the influence of the Christian community in denying or stripping the LGBT community of their rights. A very well-written, and very thought-provoking book. The chapter on Anita Bryant is especially delicious!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Noah Maier on September 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mark Jordan's work is well-grounded in philosophy, but remains easy to understand. His prowess in the subject of the intersections between religion and sexuality is unmatched by any contemporaries. A must read!
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