God, Sex, and Politics

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God, Sex, and Politics: Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies (2004)

Author(s): Dawne Moon

Format: Paperback

ISBN-13: 9780226535128

Amazon UK: God, Sex, and Politics

Language: English

Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming

Genre(s): Academic writing and Studies in Religion

Topic(s): Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Politics, and Studies in Religion

Especially suitable for: Academics and Methodists

God, Sex, and Politics examines both sides of the church controversy over homosexuality to consider the ways in which people develop, in everyday thought and interaction, their beliefs about God and justice.

Dawne Moon explores how members of Protestant congregations determine what is just and what is not, what is right and what is wrong, what is loving and what is sinful. She argues 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.

Reviews/Comments

“While there have been plenty of books written about religion and gays, there is little ethnographic accounting of how particular religious communities grapple with the issues. Moon (sociology, Univ. of California) takes us to two Methodist congregations: one situated in a large urban environment, the other in a small town about 70 miles away. The congregations and the individuals in them are portrayed pseudonymously, but Moon imbues the debates and conflicts with vivid realism.While there have been plenty of books written about religion and gays, there is little ethnographic accounting of how particular religious communities grapple with the issues. Moon (sociology, Univ. of California) takes us to two Methodist congregations: one situated in a large urban environment, the other in a small town about 70 miles away. The congregations and the individuals in them are portrayed pseudonymously, but Moon imbues the debates and conflicts with vivid realism.”

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