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God, Sex, and Politics : Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies - Dawne Moon

God, Sex, and Politics

Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies

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Published: 1st May 2004
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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.

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.

Acknowledgments
Doing unto Others ... (A Theoretical Introduction)
Debating Homosexuality
Feeling the Spirit in Two Congregations
Scripture and Everyday Theologies
Community and Dissent
The Problem of Politics in Church
Body, Spirit, and Sexuality
The Truth of Emotions in Everyday Theologies
Gay Pain and Politics
Conclusion: The Perils of Pain and Politics
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226535128
ISBN-10: 0226535126
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 13.6  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2