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Sensuous Spirituality: Out from Fundamentalism Paperback – July 1, 1992


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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad; English Language edition (July 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824511689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824511685
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,151,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mollenkott's story is part autobiography of her journey away from fundamentalism and toward self-acceptance as a lesbian feminist, part proclamation of the importance of liberation and diversity within the human family, part a discussion of "interpretive communities" with focus on the les-bi-gay community, and part theological reflection on the role of the erotic in spirituality. Mollenkott enriches her discussion with reference to John Milton's scriptural interpretation in defense of divorce for incompatibility. She also offers a comparison between the "handmaid of the Lord" in Luke's description of Mary and of the handmaids in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale ( LJ 2/1/86). This latter comparison leads to themes of freedom and its power in Mollenkott's analysis, themes that support diversity, sensuousness, and the mystical. Recommended for large public libraries.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott is the author or co-author of 13 books, including several on women and religion. She is a winner of the Lambda Literary Award and has published numerous essays on literary topics.

In 1978, Virginia co-authored Is The Homosexual My Neighbor? A Positive Christian View with Letha Dawson Scanzoni. After being expanded and updated in 1994, this ground-breaking work still stands as one of the most informative and thorough explorations of the topic. 

Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott has lectured widely on lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights and has also been active in the transgender cause, authoring Omnigender (revised and updated version published in 2007), and serving as co-author of Transgender Journeys (2003).

"All of her writings may be subsumed under the theme of oneness, which Mollenkott variously describes as an 'organic wholeness' and a 'transcendental integrative vision.' The emphasis is on seeing God in all things and serving God in all activities, integration of the human personality around a unifying center, and awareness of humanity's interdependence."
            Quote from Letha Dawson Scanzoni's biography of Virginia on novelguide.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Virginia Ramey Mollenkott is the author or co-author of 13 books, including several on women and religion. She is a winner of the Lambda Literary Award and has published numerous essays on literary topics.

In 1978, Virginia co-authored Is The Homosexual My Neighbor? A Positive Christian View with Letha Dawson Scanzoni. After being expanded and updated in 1994, this ground-breaking work still stands as one of the most informative and thorough explorations of the topic. Sensuous Spirituality, Dr. Mollenkott's 1992 book (revised and updated in 2008), examines the integration of sexuality and spirituality, social activism and personal peace.

Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott has lectured widely on lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights and has also been active in the transgender cause, authoring Omnigender (revised and updated version published in 2007), and serving as co-author of Transgender Journeys (2003).

"All of her writings may be subsumed under the theme of oneness, which Mollenkott variously describes as an 'organic wholeness' and a 'transcendental integrative vision.' The emphasis is on seeing God in all things and serving God in all activities, integration of the human personality around a unifying center, and awareness of humanity's interdependence."
Quote from Letha Dawson Scanzoni's biography of Virginia on www.novelguide.com

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 20, 2010
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Virginia Ramey Mollenkott (born 1932) is Professor Emeritus at William Paterson University, and was (temporarily) a stylistic consultant for the New International Version of the Bible. She is an active member of the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus, and Christian Lesbians OUT. She has written/edited other books such as Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? Revised and Updated: Positive Christian Response, A, Women, Men, and the Bible/With Study Guide, and The Divine Feminine: The Biblical Imagery of God As Female.

She states openly in the Preface, "I speak and have always spoken in a lesbian voice; the feminism came much later than the lesbianism, signs of which were apparent in me by age four... My primary communities of accountability are the lesgay community and the feminist and womanist communities and, to one degree or another, liberation communities everywhere."

She writes, "The thesis of this book is that spiritual beings who are having human experiences---at least those with activist temperaments---demonstrate love for their ultimate and eternal context by enacting tender concern for the penultimate and the apparently temporary. In other words, sensuous spirituality breeds concern for the well-being of the people and all the other creatures who are here on this planet at this time, and for the planet itself."

She states, "My name for this Cosmic Energy or Consciousness is God.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Ailsa Mann on August 3, 2000
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Sensuous Spirituality is a painful read: certainly not worth reading for pleasure but essential for understanding where feminist Christianity is heading. Ms Mollenkott is a very honest writer who is not afraid of including personal memoir in what is essentially an academic's journey away from her past. This woman can rationalise anything with Bible scriptures. She tears down the foundations of religious Christianity and erects new ones of her own making. Everything is justified with scripture to her complete satisfaction. She wrests scripture with the best of them. Sin is no more, in her universe. Perversion is replaced with anything goes and her goddess looks on with benignity. She cleverly melds the worst of new age thought and mysticism with the gospel of Jesus Christ and airily rewrites his teachings to conform to her worldview. I had to force myself to take up her book and could only bear to read it in very small doses; it is pure poison to the faith of one who follows Jesus and loves the Bible as God's holy word. As soon as I am sure that I understand her beliefs I shall take her book and burn it on the compost heap for the abomination that it is. Don't read this book unless you also worship the goddesses of this world.
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christian in Action on June 30, 2005
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Ms. Mollencott has ignored most scripture and taken what scripture she can use out of context. She has done all of this to re-invent God. She has created a god that fits her needs, rather than making herself a worthy sacrifice for God. She has, as the second commandment warns, created a false god to worship. This book is a warning to all who want to follow Christ that there are those who proclaim to have a "new view" of God that is more accurate, except you have to ignore or rewrite scripture to fit the scripture with the new god. This book is worth the reading to see how the enemy works.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Door Keeper on July 12, 2006
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Another book attempting to white wash and justify sin........... Shakespeare said it well -- "Oh what goodly outside falsehood has."
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4 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Ailsa Mann on August 3, 2000
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Sensuous Spirituality is a painful read: certainly not worth reading for pleasure but essential for understanding where feminist Christianity is heading. Ms Mollenkott is a very honest writer who is not afraid of including personal memoir in what is essentially an academic's journey away from her past. This woman can rationalise anything with Bible scriptures. She tears down the foundations of religious Christianity and erects new ones of her own making. Everything is justified with scripture to her complete satisfaction. She wrests scripture with the best of them. Sin is no more, in her universe. Perversion is replaced with anything goes and her goddess looks on with benignity. She cleverly melds the worst of new age thought and mysticism with the gospel of Jesus Christ and airily rewrites his teachings to conform to her worldview. I had to force myself to take up her book and could only bear to read it in very small doses; it is pure poison to the faith of one who follows Jesus and loves the Bible as God's holy word. As soon as I am sure that I understand her beliefs I shall take her book and burn it on the compost heap for the abomination that it is. Don't read this book unless you also worship the goddesses of this world.
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