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

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A&C Black, Mar 31, 2004 - Social Science - 246 pages
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In Acts of Faith, Acts of Love, McGinely explores the overlap of religious and sexual identities in the stories gay men write about themselves. The autobiographical writings of forty gay Catholics (or once Catholics) are analysed.

The work is both literary and theological on the premise that experience constitutes one of the four sources of theological reflection, along with scripture, tradition, and reason.

'An important contribution to the ongoing discussion of homosexuality and religion... resounds with the authenticity and integrity of personal narrative and academic critique. Highly recommended.' Library Journal

'McGinley has done a great service... funny... heartbreaking' Human Development

 

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This is an important contribution to the ongoing discussion of the intersection of homosexuality and religion. McGinley (religious studies, Temple Univ.) presents a scholarly, well-documented ... Read full review

Contents

Surveying Autobiographical Acts
29
Narrating Gay Identification
47
Orbiting the Catholic Axis
83
Homosexual Acts
124
Reconciliation
156
The Gramick and Nugent Investigation
174
Select Bibliography
221
Index
237
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Dugan McGinley teaches religious studies at Temple University and serves as music director and liturgist in a number of Roman Catholic parishes in Philadelphia.

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