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Christian Faith and Same Sex Attraction: Eastern Orthodox Reflections Paperback – April 1, 2006
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"Although I profoundly disagree with the stance taken towards homosexuality in this book I found it a delight to read. It is a careful, compassionate and comprehensive discussion of contemporary same-sex attraction from the perspective of the Orthodox tradition. It is informed by gay and lesbian theology and other alternative perspectives. I would recommend it to all who study or who are personally involved in the issues around same-sex relationships in the Christian tradition, perhaps particularly to those not part of the Orthodox tradition, for the rich theology of that tradition frames the debate in very different terms to those of other denominations. This book holds out the possibility of a debate which need not fracture the Church nor create alarming levels of animosity between Christians. For this reason alone, it is worth reading and engaging with."
Writing style: Succinct, clear, to the point. The whole book is just 126 pages, about half of those being notes.
Topic: The relationship between Orthodox Christianity, love, and same-sex attraction.
You will expect the author to scripturally and traditionally explain why same-sex genital relations are incompatible with Christianity. He does a good job of this, citing not only the Bible and Patristics but many current authors who disagree.
Father Tom also does a superb job of differentiating for Enlish-only readers, that Love has four components, Agape (charity), Storge (affection), Philia (fraternal love), and Eros (sex). He points out that in our fallen world, that it will be inevitable that many of us will have sinful passions of every sort, including an interest in same-sex pornia. He clearly separates this manifestation of God's providential permission from God's Essential Love.
In so doing, he shows that platonic same-sex love- in the form of agape, philia, and storge, is quite normal but argues convincingly that same-sex genital attraction joins a pantheon of other sinful desires, from gluttony to theft, as something we may have urges towards and even natures towards, but that we must deal with, not succumb to.
He then spends that last third of his monograph suggesting ways to live a Christian life and be welcome in the church and to deal with not only same-sex eros but a host of serious vices.
Perhaps his two most telling quotes are relegated to the footnotes.Read more ›
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Excellent, Christian exposition of how to put scripture into practice as a pastor.Published 1 month ago by James C
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A balanced and multi-faced approach to the subject, filled with Christian compassion and love.Published 13 months ago by Nicolae Lapuste
Fr. Tom throughout the book keeps the immediate topic firmly in the context of Orthodox Christian anthropology and Orthodox Christian quotidian spiritual struggle. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Clark Wilsoln
Crisp and fluid presentation of a deft treatise on divine love addressing the ultimate self_love and it's pastoral care within the Orthodox worldviewPublished 14 months ago by Kealani
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