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Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Lovers, Families, and Friends Paperback – May 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807079456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807079454
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of The Church and the Homosexual (Beacon Pr., 1988. 3d ed.), former Jesuit McNeill was expelled from his order for violating the Vatican's demand that he remain silent concerning homosexuality and that he cease his ministry among gay men and lesbians. This book, his first published statement since his expulsion, has a singular merit: no apology for homosexuality, it is addressed directly to lesbians and gay men, treating their spiritual and psychological concerns with much success. Of particular importance to seminary and other religious libraries, this book will also be useful in public libraries, since it is geared to the common believer who happens to be gay.James Michael MacLeod, Library of Congress
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McNeill draws on the insights of the gay and lesbian liberation movement, his counseling experience with lesbian and gay people, and a variety of faith traditions--Catholic, mainstream Protestant, Evangelical and other world religions--to produce a unique, comprehensive, life-giving ethic.
--Equal Time

"Taking a Chance on God offers insights into human relationships and human health from which all persons, whether homosexual or heterosexual, can learn."
--America

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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a gay ordained minister of the gospel, and this book helped me accept my homosexuality. It is suberbly written and researched. A must for anyone coming out, and a definite must for any minsiter workign with the gay community. God bless the author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Maudlin on June 8, 2006
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I got this book for my birthday one year after finding it on the shelf at a bookstore. Being a part of the minority group of gay Christians, I was intrigued. The "target audience" for the book is for homosexuals and their loved ones, but it really could be read by anyone, and I think it should be. McNeill offers theology on living in fear, guilt, shame, anger, and living with pathological faith and the importance of maturing spiritually. I think any Christian can relate to any (if not all) of these topics, and not just struggling gay Christians. It's the kind of book that you may want to read with a pencil or pen in your hand so you can underline parts that are important to you. (That's what I did.) This is a caring, humble, and comforting book, and one that I highly recommend and cherish.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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I am a gay ordained minister of the gospel, and this book helped me accept my homosexuality. It is suberbly written and researched. A must for anyone coming out, and a definite must for any minsiter workign with the gay community. God bless the author.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Brown on September 29, 2010
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I am responding mostly to Craig T Coffey. Someday you will be faced with someone you love, who is born a homosexual and YOU WILL realize your sexuality is given to you at birth (yours apparently heterosexual. TELLING PEOPLE THEY MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN THEMSELVES, THE WAY THEY WERE BORN AND GOD IS A TRUE SIN IN ITSELF. If you had been born homosexual yourself you may actually realize the daily struggle because of uneducated people such as yourself proclaiming your view of the God I know and love. God will be their judge and yours.
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2 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Craig T. Coffey on September 14, 2010
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Sadly, this book takes Scripture completely out of context and simply serves as a co-dependent source for those wanting to validate the sin of homosexuality. McNeil is a notable false teacher in the evangelical community. Like other pro-homosexual "researchers", McNeil cannot escape the FACT of what the Bible states about the sin. He did hear from a spirit ... it just wasn't the Holy Spirit. McNeil does nothing to "liberate" homosexuals. His works only contribute to keeping them in spiritual bondage.
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