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Beyond Gay Paperback – September, 1999
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Included as well is some discussion of the causes, effects, and treatement of homosexual attraction and lifestyle. For someone who knew very little about the issues at the time of reading, I found that it helped me to look upon gay people with not just compassion, but also understanding.
A non-Christian friend casually suggested that he pray, so he does, and he experiences the presence of Jesus. His journey from liberal Anglican to evangelical Anglican is the best part of the book. He considerably liked both sorts of Anglicanism. He experiences Dignity and Integrity and writes for the gay Christian periodical Malchus. During this time he had a long-term partner. The relationship is a sexually expressed one until he is baptised in the evangelical parish. (He explains what this involves later in the book). The relationship continues. He stops writing for Malchus.
His spiritual travels take him into the Catholic Church. Much of the rest of the book is about official Catholic teaching, especially on sexuality and he also writes about Courage. He dwells much on the then Cardinal Ratzinger's Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons but is over favourable to it on one or two points. Much of what Morrison writes is good and is shared by Christians who think the same way in other denominations. Some of his claims as to the uniqueness of the Catholic Church wont sound convincing to non Catholics. Rev John Stott and Fr Thomas Hopko cover similar groups in some of their writings.
His journey is described in great detail and is convincing. Beyond Gay is one of the most intelligently written and real books that cover this issue from a conservative perspective. David Morrison writes as an insider in a way that is mostly devoid of clichés, in contrast to many other writers. He explains this well and has spent a considerable time in number of different groups and communities and has really tried to convey the different approaches he experienced in a fair way.
In the book's first chapter he writes about the HIV crisis in the US before the arrival of modern medications that now exist. So many people died during this period of indescribable tragedy. He quotes from Eric Rofe's Reviving the Tribe.
He has walked the walk as well as having talked the talk. He is also the author of the CTS Explanations booklet "Homosexuality".
In describing his own discovery of the truths behind Catholic teaching on sexuality, Morrison gives us more than just pious religious sentimentality. He gives a gutsy desciption of his own transition. This book shows a faith that goes beyond doctrine and into the heartfelt experience of the grace of God.