It’s been a while since I have posted on the forum – I do however lurk about!
I received an email from “The Bookshop” which is a gay and lesbian bookshop in Sydney and they are currently featuring some books about faith, spirituality and sexuality and I thought I might share the titles with you (along with the accompanying blurbs).
The Prince – Faith, Abuse and George Pell – by David Marr
In Quarterly Essay 51: The Prince – Faith, Abuse and George Pell, David Marr, one of the nation's most respected thinkers and journalists, investigates the man and his career: how did he rise through the ranks? What does he stand for? How does he wield his authority? How much has he shaped his church and Australia? How has he handled the scandal?
God believes in Love – straight talk about Gay marriage by Bishop Gene Robinson (we’ve discussed this book on f2be before).
Does Jesus Really Love Me? – A gay Christian’s pilgrimage in search of God in America –Jeff Chu In this timely work − part memoir, part investigative analysis − Jeff Chu explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America. Chu sets out on a remarkable cross-country journey to discover the God ‘forbidden to him’ because of his sexuality. He surveys the breadth of the political and theological spectrum, from the most conservative viewpoints to the most liberal. This is an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual pilgrimage that reveals a portrait of a faith and a nation at odds. Published 2013
Heaven Bent – Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex experiences of faith, religion and sexuality – Edited by Luke Benjamin Gahan and Tiffany Jones
Heaven Bent brings together academics, religious leaders, activists, politicians, theologians and everyday people to explore a diverse range of spiritual expressions amongst LGBTI people in Australia. Covering the range of Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, Pagan and Atheist experiences, this book examines the past, present and future of faith, religion and spirituality. This groundbreaking volume is edited by academics/activists Luke Benjamin Gahan and Tiffany Jones, and features a foreword by Senator Louise Pratt.
I thought this Australian publication looked particularly interesting and I will be ordering this one along with the Jeff Chu book. Perhaps others may find some of these of interest too.