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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824522613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824522612
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Philip Spivey on September 25, 2004
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James Alison is an extraodinary thinker. Having read his four other books, I found "On Being Liked" his most accessable. Alison is not any easy read and I don't always comprehend everything he writes, but what I do understand is audacious in it's conceptualizition and startling in its grasp of scripture. Alison is totally God centered --- not an avenging and punishing God, but a God who wishes to envelope his creations --- including us gay and lesbian folks --- like a warm blanket. Alison presumes a belief and basic understanding of Christianity because he is a Roman Catholic priest and theologian, but unlike what you would expect from someone with these credentials, he takes Roman Catholic orthodoxy and puts it to the test. The results are breathtaking in their unfolding and liberating in their effects. This book is for the thinking crowd that isn't afraid to work for their revelations.
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Brilliant style and deep insight in the Gospels' teaching. This book, just as "Faith Beyond Resentment", renews and maintains my Catholicity.
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This was a gift for someone, but before I gave it away, I read some of the book and liked what I read.
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i wish this were true. truly. it seems to that it just goes to show you the problem with natural theology. that it allows taht which happens to be, to be the end of matter. so poof, no problem with homosexuality as it is natural, so if it is natural then well it must be good, therefore homosexuality is good as it is naturally occuring phenomenon. the problem, and i wish his argument was true, is that any naturally occuring thing is, if it is truly natural, is good and ordained...such as well paedophilia rape, and murder.

some of his other stuff on likeness and love are good

i felt the best bits were borrowed from rene girard, and the source was better in this case
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