- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226535126
- ISBN-13: 978-0226535128
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God, Sex, and Politics: Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies 1st Edition
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Through this compelling work we learn that the considerable turmoil surrounding homosexuality in churches has less to do with homosexuality than with the fear of weakening the church's spiritual, communal solidarity. We learn too how the church mirrors the secular world—the fear of division and politics leads members to avoid conflict in the congregations Moon examines. And so, the Protestants who are the subject of her study avoid debating the key issue of whether homosexuality is sinful because of its potentially polarizing effects. The religious culture Moon uncovers is ultimately critical of politics and of the intense moral and social discord that members believe it entails.
God, Sex, and Politics will be of enormous value to sociologists of religion and anyone interested in religious controversies over sexuality.
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Moon writes in an accessible tone, peppers her book with interesting quotes from her interviews and participant observation, and makes compelling arguments on every page. A must read!
She clearly reveals the multifaceted nature of the spiritual struggle as greater than the sum of the traditional two sides (pro- and anti-LGBT). Another frustrating element of this ethnographic is the lapse in discussion of national United Methodist policy and its influence within the denomination.
Her writing style is accessible, but teeters at times with an amateur tone.
This said, this is a stepping-stone work to glance at aspects of the national tribulations with sexual orientation in a theologically diverse Protestant context.