Sex and the Sacred: Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth

Sex and the Sacred Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth A down to earth look at the spiritual power of sexSex and the Sacred examines the spiritual dimension of human sexuality in a way that is free of religious affiliation but still open to traditional re

  • Title: Sex and the Sacred: Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth
  • Author: Daniel A. Helminiak
  • ISBN: 9781560233428
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • A down to earth look at the spiritual power of sexSex and the Sacred examines the spiritual dimension of human sexuality in a way that is free of religious affiliation but still open to traditional religion and belief in God Dr Daniel Helminiak, author of the best selling What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, looks at the relationship between sexuality and spirA down to earth look at the spiritual power of sexSex and the Sacred examines the spiritual dimension of human sexuality in a way that is free of religious affiliation but still open to traditional religion and belief in God Dr Daniel Helminiak, author of the best selling What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, looks at the relationship between sexuality and spirituality, first, from a humanistic perspective and, then, a familiar Christian point of view In particular, he encourages LGBTI people to reclaim their spiritual heritage without apology This unique book emphasizes spiritual commitment as an essential facet of LGBTI queer consciousness and addresses such burning themes as coming out, the importance of self acceptance, gay marriage, gay bashing, and the ethics of gay sex.Sex and the Sacred combines a psychological approach to spirituality with common sense and compassion, inspiring a break from moralistic religion and an understanding of what true spirituality means The book applies this understanding to Christian topics such as the Bible, Fundamentalism, and the future of Christianity, and shows how coming out was an issue for Jesus, how homosexual experience relates to the Christian Trinity, and how Western Civilization became so sex negative.Sex and the Sacred presents in the end a radical vision of Christianity open to all people Religious leaders of all denominations, educators, counselors, members of the gay lesbian bisexual transgender community, non religious spiritual seekers, and anyone interested in the relationship between spirituality and sexuality will find this book enlightening and uplifting.Sex and the Sacred examines the spiritual drive that is built into human sexuality the standard religious arguments against gay marriage a sustained argument that Biblical Fundamentalism is not Christian spiritual lessons from the AIDS epidemic the right and wrong of sex queer and otherwise homosexuality in Catholic teaching and practice sexual ethics without religion a vision for a renewed Christianity within a global community AN EXTRAORDINARY BOOK for which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people should be grateful I especially commend the chapter The Trinitarian Vocation of the Gay Community Danial Helminiak has expertise in many connected fields theology, biblical scholarship, psychotherapy, spiritual direction and brings his erudition, insight, and wisdom to bear on thorny issues facing the gay community Whatever he touches he illuminates with prose that is easy to read and understand Father John McNeill, Author of the groundbreaking book The Church and the Homosexual and numerous other books on gay spirituality ousted from the Jesuits by the Vatican for his ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics A SANE AND REASONABLE APPROACH TO SEXUALITY AND SPIRITUALITY well worth the cost, if only for the commonsense chapter The Right and Wrong of Sex Queer and Otherwise That s something everyone needs to hear Sister Jeannine Gramick, LS, Co founder of New Ways Ministry prolific author on gay spirituality, censured by the Vatican for her educational ministry

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