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God's Beauty Parlor opens the Bible to the contested body of critical commentary on sex and sexuality known as queer theory and to masculinity studies. The author pursues the themes of homoeroticism, masculinity, beauty, and violence through such texts as the Song of Songs, the Gospels, the Letter to the Romans, and the Book of Revelation.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Stephen D. Moore
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Release: 2001
File: 344 Pages
ISBN-13: 0804743320

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Biblical scholars today often sound as if they are caught in the aftermath of Babel — a clamor of voices unable to reach common agreement. But is this necessarily a bad thing? Many postmodern critics hear the confusion of critical languages as a welcome opportunity for diverse new approaches. In The Bible After Babel, noted biblical scholar John J. Collins considers the effect of the postmodern situation on biblical, primarily Old Testament, criticism over the last three decades. Engaging and even-handed, Collins begins by examining the quest of historical criticism to objectively establish a text’s basic meaning. He goes on to deftly review the alternative methods of postmodern criticism, the disputed history of ancient Israel, and the ways in which postcolonial and feminist scholarship has called into question the moral authority of the Bible. At the same time, as more diverse practitioners — including Jews, women, and ethnic minorities — have entered the field of biblical studies, many of the accepted conclusions of previous scholarship have crumbled. Accepting that the Bible may no longer provide secure foundations for faith, Collins still highlights its ethical challenge to be concerned for the other — a challenge central both to Old Testament ethics and to the teaching of Jesus.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John J. Collins
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release: 2005-11-15
File: 201 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802828922

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Compare worldwide religious regulations involving gay sex and masculinity! Men, Homosexuality, and the Gods: An Exploration into the Religious Significance of Male Homosexuality in World Perspective is an eye-opening look at the traditions of particular religions and their edicts concerning gay sex. This book examines the origins of holy directives involving homosexuality—whether forbidden, tolerated, or mandatory—and establishes a link between theology, sex roles, and the sensitive issue of masculinity. This text draws a parallel between homosexuality and the idea of religion, suggesting that gay rights can be understood as a freedom of religion issue. While most readers are familiar with the traditional Islamic, Christian, and Hebrew prohibitions against sex between two males, this book also reveals other historic religions from around the world that neither opposed nor looked down on homosexuality. Men, Homosexuality, and the Gods argues that masculinity is the universal theme that formed historical interpretation—warriors and men of high status could not be sexually receptive or “feminine” and still be called “men.” This intriguing text shows how the modern homophile movements are in effect redefining masculinity to obliterate the stigma of being a sexually receptive man. Men, Homosexuality, and the Gods examines the significance of homosexuality in such religions as: the Sambians of New Guinea the Taoists of Ancient China Plato and the later Stoics Islamic Sufism Native American culture Hebrew Scriptures early Christianity Buddhism Men, Homosexuality, and the Gods is an enlightening book that honors homosexual claims to moral integrity and appreciates religion and religious figures without rancor. Easy-to-read and free of technical language, this volume is for anyone who has an academic, professional, or personal interest in theology and homosexuality. The author is available for speaking engagements and can be contacted at Ronldlong@aol.com

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Ronald Long
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2013-02-01
File: 198 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781136568237

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• Designed for both church and academic audiences • Ecumenical appeal Residing at the intersection of constructive theology and critical social theory, this book provides a resource for both students and clergy to reinterpret Christian theology and re-imagine Christian faith in the twenty-first century. The author seeks “to encourage and equip Christian faith communities to move beyond the decades-long stalemate over human sexuality and gender identity” because “Queer gifts emerge in Christian communities when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people no longer feel compelled to justify their presence in those communities.” Useful in both seminary classrooms and in congregational settings, the book is a contribution to the still-emerging field of queer theology, translating the rigors of scholarly research into transforming proposals for faith communities.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jay Emerson Johnson
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
Release: 2014-03-01
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781596272514

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Genre: Religion
Author: Robert A.. Orsi
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Release: 1999
File: 402 Pages
ISBN-13: 0253212766

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Jesus promises a type of joy that no one and nothing else can provide. His joy is full and complete. His joy is unspeakable. His joy is powerful when it is paired with His ability to heal us and make us a whole. His joy lasts forever and no one can take it from you! As you enter into the wholehearted joy of the Master, He takes great pleasure in healing life's deepest hurts, replacing lies with the truth and restoring relationships that are broken, especially to Himself. He is the only true, life-giving joy and it is available to you now, even in your darkest moments. Each page of Experiencing Joy leads you through the journey of unblocking everything which stops you from reaching out and grabbing what is yours to have and to hold. It is no coincidence that as God perfects and completes you, your joy is made perfect. Join those who have discovered that giving God joy is the greatest purpose of life. But first you must make a choice: do you want to please God? Then you are ready to enter into the joy of the Lord! His joy lasts forever and no one can take it from you!

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Genre: Religion
Author: Allyson Tomkins
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
Release: 2007-01-01
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 1599320320

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New Testament scholars typically assume that the men who pervade the pages of Luke's two volumes are models of an implied "manliness." Scholars rarely question how Lukan men measure up to ancient masculine mores, even though masculinity is increasingly becoming a topic of inquiry in the field of New Testament and its related disciplines. Drawing especially from gender-critical work in classics, Brittany Wilson addresses this lacuna by examining key male characters in Luke-Acts in relation to constructions of masculinity in the Greco-Roman world. Of all Luke's male characters, Wilson maintains that four in particular problematize elite masculine norms: namely, Zechariah (the father of John the Baptist), the Ethiopian eunuch, Paul, and, above all, Jesus. She further explains that these men do not protect their bodily boundaries nor do they embody corporeal control, two interrelated male gender norms. Indeed, Zechariah loses his ability to speak, the Ethiopian eunuch is castrated, Paul loses his ability to see, and Jesus is put to death on the cross. With these bodily "violations," Wilson argues, Luke points to the all-powerful nature of God and in the process reconfigures--or refigures--men's own claims to power. Luke, however, not only refigures the so-called prerogative of male power, but he refigures the parameters of power itself. According to Luke, God provides an alternative construal of power in the figure of Jesus and thus redefines what it means to be masculine. Thus, for Luke, "real" men look manifestly unmanly. Wilson's findings in Unmanly Men will shatter long-held assumptions in scholarly circles and beyond about gendered interpretations of the New Testament, and how they can be used to understand the roles of the Bible's key characters.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Brittany E. Wilson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2015-04-14
File: 360 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780190266493

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Few, if any, of us can say we knew ourselves before being born or give details of where we were and how we got to come to earth. But such is the true story of Don Lucado, otherwise known as Donnie Lee. Despite being sent with an auspicious assignment by Jesus Himself, the road of Don's life took turns down alleyways of violence and addiction, meeting with blockades of rape, alcohol, and death--all the while being conversely buffeted and policed by angelic beings from both sides of the unseen. It seems that life's rapid twists, turns, and near misses needs divine intervention and the miraculous to avoid all out failure. Will this life that poses a challenge even for Don's guardian angel be redeemed enough for Don to accomplish what he was sent to earth to do, or will he crash and burn? This true story that often defies credibility is a testimony of the ultimate triumph of good over evil and makes one believe that at some point each of us was once God's baby from Heaven.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Donnie Lee
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release: 2014-09-02
File: 180 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781490843919

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Examines the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church to argue that, to achieve reformation, Christians need to examine the Church's history, its methods of silencing conversation, same-sex desire, and feelings about the human body.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Mark D. Jordan
Publisher: Beacon Press (MA)
Release: 2003
File: 121 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105111891102

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Since the late nineteenth century, religiously themed books in America have been commercially popular yet scorned by critics. Working at the intersection of literary history, lived religion, and consumer culture, Erin A. Smith considers the largely unexplored world of popular religious books, examining the apparent tension between economic and religious imperatives for authors, publishers, and readers. Smith argues that this literature served as a form of extra-ecclesiastical ministry and credits the popularity and longevity of religious books to their day-to-day usefulness rather than their theological correctness or aesthetic quality. Drawing on publishers' records, letters by readers to authors, promotional materials, and interviews with contemporary religious-reading groups, Smith offers a comprehensive study that finds surprising overlap across the religious spectrum--Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, liberal and conservative. Smith tells the story of how authors, publishers, and readers reconciled these books' dual function as best-selling consumer goods and spiritually edifying literature. What Would Jesus Read? will be of interest to literary and cultural historians, students in the field of print culture, and scholars of religious studies.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Erin A. Smith
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Release: 2015-04-13
File: 410 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781469621333

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