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The Church and the Homosexual: Fourth Edition Paperback – September 1, 1993
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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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This book was revolutionary at its publication. First, it defends homosexuals, it provides a scholarly analysis of the Biblical passages on homosexuals, and demonstrates that as we... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Petronius
Just in case anybody cares, this book is banned by the Vatican and in no way speaks for the Catholic Church.Published 10 months ago by Linda Legg
This book saved my life! I will be eternally grateful to John!Published 11 months ago by Kevin Hibner
A dear Christian friend recently came out as gay, and in the course of our many conversations about homosexuality, he suggested I read this book. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Jeremy
The title caught my eye and a friend of mine was in 'Dignity' which is the Catholic group the author formed. I never finished the book but passed it on to my friend. Read morePublished on October 4, 2009 by Roger L. Vandermeer