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Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians And Gays in Black Churches Hardcover – October 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0829815993 ISBN-10: 0829815996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829815996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829815993
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,807,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Horace L. Griffin is an Episcopal poriest and adjunct professor and the interim director of field education at The General Theological seminary in New York City. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stuffed Animal on November 3, 2006
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Professor Horace L. Griffin, a seminarian and priest as well as an openly Gay Black man, yanks the covers off of Black Christian bigotry in this hard-hitting book. It is nothing less than an indictment of the Black church. I strongly recommend it, and I hope Oprah Winfrey will choose to showcase it as an Oprah's Book Club selection. It could cause a sensation greater than JL King's controversial book about closeted Black men, "On The Down Low." Nothing better could happen!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on May 19, 2009
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"Their Own Receive Them Not" is a fascinating work by African-American gay seminarian Horace Griffin. Griffin makes the compelling argument that African-American LGBT people face discrimination because African-American sexuality has been demonized. Griffin recounts the story of Barbara Jordan, one of the first African-Americans to serve in the Senate, whose life partner was marginalized at her funeral. It's a sad irony when current RNC head Michael Steele rails against same-sex partner benefits. After all, interracial marriage was once demonized.

"Their Own Receive Them Not" explores the usual arguments against homosexuality, African culture, and how African-American LGBT deal with the stigma against them. One of the book's weaknesses is that it isn't lengthy enough. It attempts to plumb the depths.

On a side note, I was unable to find this book through Amazon's search engine, even when I used the title and author name. I had to use Google. Any theories?
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In preparation for writing my Doctorate Dissertation on Therapy for Black Gay Men, I found this book to be a highly informative, researched and written reference. The author touched upon several critical points in the hard discussion regarding the Black Church (Christianity) contradictory, if not blatant, disrespect towards gays and lesbians. This book has become one of my favorites- not to be loan out to anyone. Just buy your own copy- ha ha!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Luv on October 3, 2012
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I simply love this book. It has now become one of my favorites on this controversial topic regarding the Black Church's Homophobia. I think the author did an excellent job in his research and covering of many important points within this longstanding argument. This is a book for those seeking fair and intelligent and self empowering answers. It blows the lid off of the church's ignorance and their longstanding skewed or distorted beliefs regarding homosexuality. HIGH FIVE TO THE AUTHOR. I even used it as a reference in my Doctorate Dissertation.
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