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The Church and the Homosexual is a major weapon for those who are fighting to change the Church.--The Reverend Paul Moore, Jr.

About the Author

John J. McNeill, an ordained priest and practicing psychotherapist, was expelled from the Society of Jesus in 1987 for refusing to cease his ministry to gay men and lesbians. He received a doctorate in philosophy from Louvain University in Beligum and has taught philosophy and theology at Fordham University, Union Theological Seminary, and other institutions. McNeill is the author of Taking a Chance on God and Freedom, Glorious Freedom, also published by Beacon Press.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; 4th ed. edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807079316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807079317
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 5, 2003
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At first I felt like this book was stretching what i knew as the truth of the Scripture, but as i started to open my mind and my heart i discovered what the purpose of the book was. it was to free gays and lesbians of the notion that the Bible and the church hates them. that there are other ways to intrepret the meaning behind the words. this was the first book pro-gay book i've read and it really did help me begin my journey of self discovery. i don't know if i am ready to step back into church as an openly gay christian, but one day i hope to. back by Scripture and by the love of God. the next book i hope to read is "Stranger at the Gate" by Mel White.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2000
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I find John McNeill's The Church and the homosexual a clear example of what I call "Brave Theology". Mc Neill does not write an unfounded claim, but establishes his arguments on grounds of a hard work of scholarship. To support his views, he appeals to bible theology, philosophy and human sciences. Thus, he forces moral theologist to take his book into account, whether they like it or not. I am firmly convinced that in the future John Mc Neill will be remembered as a pioneer who dared challenge The Church's unsuitable and unacceptable view on homosexuality.
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This book, although written in the 70s, is very relevent today with the surge of out and open homosexuals. For anyone having difficulty accepting who they are in light of their faith I'd strongly recommend this. The introduction really grabbed my attention and was the reason I read the book. The great thing about this book is the author is not jamming his opinion down anyone's throat. He provides logical arguments based on research for both sides and allows the reader to make their own determination. Love it and would love to read an updated version of such a work!
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The minister at my local southern baptist church told me about this book, when my husband of 20 years began having an identity crisis problem. I found the information in this book to be helpful in dealing with his feelings of homosexuality. We did infact split in the end but the split was much cleaner than it might have been had I not found this book. There is an arizona resource helpline that also assisted me and recommended this book, they can be reached at 1-480-987-3979 or 1-480-831-6200, at the later number ask for Vicki.
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By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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I am an ordained minsiter of the Gospel, who is gay. This book is superbly written and researched. It was a great help for my acceptance process. A must have for minsiters who work with the gay community. God Bless John J. McNeill.
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This book is good for any bible studies on the subject. Seems to be historicaly correct on content. Explanations benefit all who are interested in being truthful and just.
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This book was written by Pr. McNeill for an approved discussion within the Catholic Church in the United States. When the Cardinal Ratzinger (now the Pope) found out he shut down the whole study and promise of publishing this. In effect, McNeill was "silenced" by the Vatican. Thank God McNeill did not stay silent long, and this book was finished and published outside the Catholic Church.

I found that John's use of Scripture and Tradition are the highlights of this book, with the latter being the most beneficial. If your faith takes Church tradition seriously, this is the book to study. I was surprised how the story of Sodom drastically changed over the time, and you don't have to take McNeill's word for it - he has plenty of early church writings to back him up. Another surprise is the Early Church Father's understanding of heterosexuality. They believed in a perfect world sex would be passionless and only done to produce offspring. Hence, it is not a big shock that when the few times homosexuality (between men) was mentioned it was seen as lust and condemned. But some of the Father's main assumptions - that God did not want us to enjoy sex and women are inferior to men - led to other beliefs and teachings that many Christians reject (even in the Catholic Church).
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