Booklist 1: LGBT, Faith-based


There is  an enormous and rapidly expanding selection of worthwhile books available of relevance to understanding LGBT sexuality and faith. Unfortunately, it is simply not possible for me to read them all, and I cannot offer a personal ecommendation for anything I have not read. Still, I would like to offer more than just a bland list of titles.  The procedure I have chosen is to provide a complete and constantly expanding listing of the books that have caught my attention, for whatever reason.  Those I recommend I will flag (“highly recommended by QTC “= personally read, and willingly re-read; “recommended by QTC”= personally read, but will not necessarily re-read).  Books I have not read myself will be simply listed, with an indication of what it is that caught my eye – this may be a citation or recommendation by an author or source I trust, or a link to a review that I liked.   Feel free to make your own recommendations – all suggestions will be welcomed.

Alison, James

Alison is a former Dominican priest, now practicing as an independent theologian and writer with an excellent reputation. Among his many books are three of particular importance for LGBT readers.  For an appreciation of Alison’s work, see    

Faith Beyod Resentment

Faith Beyond Resentment
fragments catholic and gay
Darton Longman Todd, 2001
239 pages


(Catholic,  Theology, Gay Male)

Strongly Recommended.

The first in the series, this is valuable for the telling of parts of his own story, as well as reflections on dealing with the appropraite relationship of LGBT Catholics with the institutional church, and with God.

For more,including reviews, see here:

On Being LikedOn Being Liked
Darton Longman Todd, 2003
168 pages

(Sexuality, Theology, Gay Males

Strongly Recommended

For more,including reviews, see here:


Undergoing GodUndergoing God
Darton Longman Todd, 2003
168 pages

Catholic, Theology, Gay Male

Strongly Recommended

For more,including reviewssee here:

James Alison, Elisabeth  Stuart, et al.

Forging Dialogue with the Churches
(LGCM  2000)


Jung, Patricia Beattie (ed):

Sexual Diversity and Catholicism

Sexual Diversity & Catholicism
(The Liturgical Press, 2002)

Catholic, Theology, LGBT

For more,including reviews, see here:



Blenkinsop, Joseph

Sexuality and the Christian Tradition
(Sheed & Ward, 1970)

For more, including reviews, see here:

Boisvert, Donald:

“Boisvert is a professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal. He was in the seminary as a young man with the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, then went on to earn a doctorate in religious studies as a layman.” (Toby Johnson)


Sanctity and Male DesireSanctity and Male Desire :
A Gay Reading of Saints

For more,including reviews, see here:

(Catholic, Saints, Gay Male)

Recommended.


Out on Holy GroundOut on Holy Ground
(Pilgrim Press, 2001)

148 pages

Catholic, Gay, Spirituality

Recommended.

For more,including reviews, see here:


Boswell, John:

CSTHChristianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality
Gay People in Western Europe from the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
(University of Chicago Press, 1980)

Christian, History, Scripture, Theology, Lesbian & Gay

424 pages

Strongly recommended (but academic in style).

Absolutely the most important book in any LGBT faith library, this can be thought of as the text that started it all:  gay church history, queer theology, scriptural analysis of LGBT sexuality: all trace either their beginning or fundamental early shaping to this book. Highly academic and bristling with footnotes, Greek & Latin quotations,  and copious appendices, it is intimidating to a non-academic, but well worth the effort.  Even if you do not think of yourself as a scholarly type, read it (then re-read it later.)

For more,including reviews, see here:


Same Sex Unions

Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe
(Harper-Collins, 1994)

412 pages

Strongly Recommended (but academic in style)

For more,including reviews, see here:

Christian, History, Lesbian & Gay

Know My NameCleaver, Richard

Know My Name
A Gay Liberation Theology
(Westminster John Knox Press, 1995)

161 pages

Catholic, Theology, Queer Theology, Scripture, Lesbian & Gay

Recommended

For more,including reviews, see here:

Chellew-Hodge, Candace

Bullet Proof FaithBullet Proof Faith
A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay & Lesbian Christians

192 pages

Christian, Spirituality, Scripture, Lesbian and Gay

I have no personal knowledge of this book, but I love the title.  An endorsement by Bishop Tutu also helps to influence this South African.

For more,including reviews, see here.

Coleman, Gerald:

Homosexuality Catholic Teaching, Pastoral PracticeHomosexuality:
Catholic Teaching & Pastoral Practice

(Paulist Press, 1995)

207 pages

Catholic, Theology, Pastoral Care, Lesbian & Gay
For more, including reviewssee here:

Collins, Raymond F:

Sexual Ethics & The New TestamentSexual Ethics & the New Testament
(Crossroads, 2000 )


Catholic, Theology, Sexual Ethics, Lesbian & Gay
For more, including reviews, see here:

Comstock, Gary David, & Henking, Susan E.

queerying religionQue(e)rying Religion: A Critical Anthology
(Continuum, 1999)

552 pages

Christian, Theology, Queer Theology, GLBT.

With a name like this, how can I not like it? “Queering Religion resembles the name of my site, declaring an advocacy I share, while “Querying” Religion is a critical stance I subscribe to.

For more, including reviewssee here:

Recommended

Comstock, Gary David


unrepentant


Unrepenting, Practicing, Self-Affirming

For more, including reviewssee here:


Gay Theology Without Apology

Gay Theology Without Apology

Christian, Theology, Gay & Lesbian Theology, Lesbian & Gay

For more, including reviewssee here:

Cotter, Jim

Pleasure Pain Passion Pleasure, Pain and Passion
Some Perspectives on Sexuality and Spirituality

Cairns Publications, 1988, 1993

(Sexuality,  Spirituality)

For more, including reviewssee here:


Coulton, Nicholas, (ed)

Bible, the Church and Homosexuality

The Bible, the Church and Homosexuality
Darton Longman Todd, 2005
(Scripture, Anglican Church, Sexuality)

Recommended by QTC (as an introductory work)

For more, including reviewssee here:

This little book, written from the perspective of the Anglican Church, is possibly the best short introduction to the topic that I have come across. Short, sensible and clearly written, it as an accessible but solid introduction for the first time explorer of the topic.


Countryman, L.William

Dirt Greed and SexDirt, Greed & Sex
Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and their Implications for Today.
(Fortress Press 2007 (revised edition))

290 pages

Christian, Scripture, Lesbian & Gay

Strongly recommended

I have a soft spot for this as the first, and possibly still the clearest, exposition I have seen on how the infamous ‘clobber texts’ in Scripture have been misinterpreted and misused.

For more, including reviewssee here:

Davies, Jon & Loughlin, Gerald (eds):

Sex These DaysSex These Days:
Essays on Theology, Sexuality and Society

Sheffield Academic Press (SAP), 1999

223 pages

For more, including reviews, see here:

Dominian, Jack:

Proposals For a New Sexual Ethic

Darton, Longman, Todd (DLT), 1977

90 Pages


Sexual Integrity: The Answer to Aids

Darton, Longman, Todd (DLT), 1987

160 pages


Queer and CatholicEvans,  Amie M
Haworth Press, 2008

364 pages

For more, including reviewssee here:


Ford, Michael

DisclosuresDisclosures
Conversations Gay and Spiritual
Darton Longman Todd, 2004

216 pages

Christian,  Biography, Lesbian & gay

Recommended

It is important for our community growth that we share, and hear, our stories.  Michael Ford in this book tells of interviews with several prominent gay men and lesbians, laiety and clergy, who have wrestled with issues of faith and church.

For more, including reviewssee here:

Glaser, Chris:

Coming Out to GodComing out to God:
Prayers for Lesbians and Gay Men
(John Knox Press, 1991)

168 pages

Christian, Spirituality, Prayer, Lesbian & Gay

Recommended by Dignity USA

For more, including reviews, see here:

Coming Out as SacramentComing Out as Sacrament
Pages
Christian, Theology, Lesbian & Gay, Coming Out

For more, including reviews, see here:

Godfrey, Donal:

Gays & GraysGays & Grays
Lexington Books, 2007

195  pages

Catholic, Pastoral, Lesbian & Gay

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Goss, Robert:

Jesus Acted UpJesus Acted Up:
A Gay & Lesbian Manifesto
(Harper & Row, 1993)

240 pages

Listed by Martin Pendergast


For more, including reviewssee here:

Queering Christ ~Beyond Jesus Acted UpQueering Christ
Beyond Jesus Acted Up
pages
For more, including reviews, see here:


Take Back the WordTake Back the Word
A Queer reading of the Bible
pages
Christian, SCripture, GLBT
For more, including reviews, see here:



Gramick, Jeannine

Grammick & Furey, Pat (eds):

The Vatican & Homosexuality
Crossroad, 1988

Grammick & Nugent, Robert:

Building Bridges
Twenty Third Publications, 1992

Voices of Hope
Centre for Homophobia Education, 1995

All listed by Martin Pendergast


Hanigan, James:

Homosexuality:
The Test Case for Christian Sexual Ethics
Paulist Press, 1988

Listed by Martin Pendergast
For more, including reviews, see here:

Hanvey, John Michael:

Prayed OutPrayed out
– God in Dark Places
Columbia Press, 2005
119 pages

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Harvey, John


Truth About HomosexualityThe Truth about Homosexuality
(Ignatius Press, 1996)
377 pages

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Hasbany, Richard

Homosexuality and Religion
(Haworth Press, 1990)

231 pages

For more, including reviews, see here:

Recommended by Dignity USA

Helminiak,Daniel


What the Bible Really SaysWhat the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
(Alamo Square Press, 1994 )

149 pages

Christian, Scripture, Lesbian & Gay

For more, including reviews, see here:

sex and the sacredSex and the Sacred
Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth
(Harrington Park Press, 2006)

235 pages

Christian, Spirituality, LGBT

Strongly recommended

A valuable examination of how we can use spiritual growth, and examination of our own personal experience, to learn more about our sexuality and its relationship with God.

For more, including reviews, see here:

Henson, John

Gay DiscipleThe Gay Disciple
Jesus’ friend tells it in his own way

(O Books, 2007)
(Fiction)

Put into the voice of Lazarus, this fictional retelling gives us the well-known Biblical story from a fresh perspective.

For more, including reviews, see here:

Hubble, Christopher

God-Given Lovers_The Holy Union of David & JohnathanGod-Given Lovers: The Holy Union of David & Johnathan
(Hubble Books,  2003).

Recommended by Dignity USA

For more, including reviews, see here:

Hunt, Mary:

Fierce Tenderness
(Crossroad, 1991)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here.


Isherwood, Lisa & Stuart, Elisabeth

Introducing Body TheologyIntroducing Body Theology
(Sheffield academic Press, 1998)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:


Jordan, Mark

Invention of SodomyThe Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology

University of Chicago Press, 1997

(History, Theology, Sexuality)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Jordan, Mark

Silence of SodomThe Silence of Sodom
Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism
(University of Chicago Press, 2000)

Strongly recommended by QTC;
Listed by Martin Pendergast

A thought provoking  look at the internal contradictions in the church’s stance, it examines the rhetorical and liturgical style,  rather than doctrine, to make its case.  Fascinating and memorable.


For more, including reviews, see here:

Blessing same Sex UnionsBlessing Same Sex Unions
(Univ of Chicago Press)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

*

For more, including reviews, see here:

Catholic Ethicists on HIV AIDS PreventionKeenan, James(ed):

Catholic Ethicists on HIV/AIDS Prevention
(Continuum, 2000)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Kelly, Kevin:

New Directions in Sexual EthicsNew Directions in Sexual Ethics
(Geoffrey Chapman, 1998)

From a Parish Base: Essays in Moral & Pastoral Theology
(DLT, 1999)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Kuefler, Mathew (ed.)

Boswell ThesisThe Boswell Thesis
Essays on ‘Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality’
University of Chicago Press, 2006 (Scripture, Theology, Sexuality)

L’Empereur, James

Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person
(Geoffrey Chapman, 1998)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Lynch, Father Bernard

A Priest on Trial

Bloomsbury, 1993

Recommended by QTC;
Listed by Martin Pendergast

(Catholic Church, Biography)

For more, including reviews, see here:

McGinley, Dugan:

Acts of Faith, Acts of LoveActs of Faith, Acts of Love:  Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts
Continuum, 2004

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

McGuire

Whose Church?

See the review on CCL Books online.

For more, including reviews, see here:

McNaught, Brian:

On Being Gay:  Thoughts on Family, Faith and Love
(St Martin’s Press, 1988)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

McNeill, John

John McNeill was a Jesuit Priest who was silenced by the Vatican after his first book, “The Church and the Homosexual”, was published with the approval of the Jesuit order.  After refraining from publication for several years, McNeill eventually left the priesthood to pursue a career as an independent theologian , spiritual director, writer and psychotherapist.  For some impressive testimonials to his contribution to queer theology and LGBT mental health, see the collection of essaysforming the second half of his latest book, “Sex as God Intended”.

Church and the HomosexualThe Church and the Homosexual (new ed)
Beacon Press, 1996

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:


Freedom Glorious FreedomFreedom, Glorious Freedom
(Beacon Press, 1995)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:


Both Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-AirBoth Feet Planted Firmly in Mid-Air

For more, including reviews, see here.

Taking a Chance on GodTaking a Chance on God
Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians and their Lovers, Families and Friends
Beacon Press, 1988, 1996 (Scripture, Theology, Sexuality)

Strongly recommended by QTC;
Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Sex As God IntendedSex as God Intended
Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians and their Lovers, Families and Friends
Lethe Press, 2008
(Scripture, Theology, Sexuality)

Strongly recommended by QTC

For more, including reviews, see here:

Mollenknott, Virginia Ramey

Omnigender A Trans-Religious ApproachOmnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach

Mollenknott shows that many features of God’s incarnation and manifestation to humans, and many practices of the church, fall outside socially approved, binary ideas of gender. She also discusses numerous examples of canonised saints who have defied gender roles.

For more, including reviews, see here:

Moore, Gareth OP

The Body in Context: Sex and Catholicism
(Continuum Books, 2001)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Question of truthA Question of Truth Christianity and Homosexuality
(Continuum Books, 2003)

Recommended by QTC;
Listed by Martin Pendergast

(Scripture, Theology, Sexuality)

For more, including reviews, see here:

Nugent, Robert:

Challenge to LoveThe Challenge to Love: Gay & Lesbian Catholics in the Church
(Crossroad, 1989)

Listed by Martin Pendergast


For more, including reviews, see here:

O’Brien, Glen:

Praying From the MarginsPraying from the Margins: Gospel Reflections of a gay Man
(The Columbia Press, Dublin. 2001)

Listed by Martin Pendergast


Peddicord, Richard:

Gay and Lesbian Rights: A Question Sexual Ethics or Social Justice?
Sheed & Ward, 1996

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Pomfrett, Scott

Since My Last ConfessionSince My Last Confession
A gay catholic memoir
(Arcade Publishing, 2008)

Highly Recommended by QTC

A wonderful antidote to the serious tone of so many of the other books. Funny, touching and provocative, this  should be on everyone’s reading list.

For more, including reviews, see here:

Robinson, Geoffrey:

Confronting Power and SexConfronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church
(The Columba Press, 2007)

A former bishop of Sydney, Bishop Robinson led the response of the Australian Bishops’ Conference to the scandal of clerical abuse as it unfolded in that country.   After his retirement, he wrote this book to share with a wdier readership his thoughts on the causes and appropriate responses to the problem across the world.  In doing so, he launched a stinging criticism of the church’s rule on enforced celibacy, and on its excessively centralised power structures, still intact in spite of the promises of Vatican II.

Highly recommended by QTC (read my own fuller reflections on reading this book in Church, Power and Abuse);
Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Rudy, Kathy

Sex and the ChurchSex and the Church

Rudy looks at the historical development of the family, from a feminist perspective.  Her conclusion is that LGBT people are mistaken in looking to mimic heterosexual families, suggesting that urban gay male culture offers a model of human relationships modelled on community. She denies the argument that Christian sexuality needs to be procreative – Christianity reproduces itself not by procreation, but by conversion.  What matters is not whether two people can produce children, but whether they can embrace outsiders – the key characteristic of Christianity.

For more, including reviews, see here:

Schinnick, Maurice:

This Remarkable GiftThis Remarkable Gift: Being Gay and Catholic
(Allen & Unwin, 1998)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Scroggs, Robin:

New Testament and HomosexualityThe New Testament and Homosexuality
(Augsburg Fortress, 1984)

Recommended by Dignity USA

For more, including reviews, see here:

Smith, Richard:

Aids, Gays and the American Catholic Church
The Pilgrim Press, 1994

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Storey, William:

Book of Prayer for LG ChristiansA Book of Prayer for Gay & Lesbian  Christians
(Crossroads, 2002 )

Listed by Martin Pendergast

*

For more, including reviews, see here:

Stuart, Elisabeth:

Stuart is a professor of theology at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, and one of the most prominent theologians in the field of gay and lesbian theology.

Daring to Speak Love’s Name A Gay and Lebian Prayer Book
Hamish Hamilton, 1992

For more, including reviews, see here:

Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian & Gay Theology of Relationships
(Mowbray, 1995)

For more, including reviews, see here:

Christian Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender
(Gracewing, 1995 )

For more, including reviews, see here:

People of Passion What the Churches Teach about SexPeople of Passion: What the Churches Teach about Sex  [Co-authored with Thatcher, Adrian]
(Mowbray, 1997)

For more, including reviews, see here:

Religion is a QueerTthingReligion is a Queer Thing:  Guide to the Christian Faith for Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered People
(Cassell, 1997)

All listed by Martin Pendergast


For more, including reviews, see here:


Gay & Lesbian TheologiesGay and Lesbian Theologies

Repetitions with Critical Differences
Ashgate, 2003

Strongly recommended by QTC;
Listed by Martin Pendergast

Written by an academic theologian, but do not be put off by the academic tone and style.  This is an excellent introduction to the different strands in the theology of LGBT sexuality.  In this book, she

“presents the first critical survey of gay and lesbian theology arguing that its emergence was nothing short of miraculousGay and lesbian theologians managed to take a dominant Christian discourse and which rendered than sinful, sick and harmful to the common good and transform it into a theology which argued that a person’s sexuality provided the point of contact between God and themselves.” (Taken from the cover blurb).

For more, including reviews, see here:

Sullivan, Andrew:

Virtually NormalVirtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality
(Picador, 1995)

Love Undetectable
(Chatto & Windus, 1998)

Both listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:

Vasey, M:

Strangers & FriendsStrangers & Friends

Vasey argues from an historical presentation of the sexuality and the family.  He points out that far from being the ‘tradtional’ model, the family as idealised  by modern Christians, especially the evangelicals,  is a relatively modern invention.  The gradual development of this model as normative, has largely been responsible for the parallel development of a distinct gay identity, largely in reaction.  (The campaign against the ‘homosexual’ is attacking what it has itself created.) Conversely, the early church idealised male friendship and community life, rather than the family as now understood.

For more, including reviews, see here:

Woods, Richard:

Another Kind of Love (3rd ed)
(St Thomas More Press, 1988)

Listed by Martin Pendergast

For more, including reviews, see here:


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