A Special Illumination: Authority, Inspiration and Heresy in Gay Spirituality (2017)
Amazon UK: A Special Illumination
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Academic writing, Spirituality, and Studies in Religion
Topic(s): Queer theology, Spirituality, and Studies in Religion
Especially suitable for: Academics and Contemplatives
Gay spirituality represents a hidden strand in Western thought that was only publicly declared from the gay liberation movement of the 1970s. Since ‘coming out’, expressions of gay spirituality have proliferated in both number and diversity. Beginning with gay theology within Christianity, the phenomenon has now reached as far as Buddhism and neo-paganism. But, so far, critical analysis of the movement has been very limited largely because gay spirituality has been treated as a political and social movement arguing for rights and acceptance within religious circles. A Special Illumination offers an in-depth analysis and argues that gay spirituality should be placed at the heart of religion.
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