Sex and Heaven: Catholics in Bed and at Prayer

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 5, 2003 - Philosophy - 239 pages
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What does it take to get into heaven? If you're Roman Catholic, Portmann argues, the red-hot issue is sex.

Since the late 1980s, the Vatican has made great efforts to encourage Jews to celebrate their faith, yet continues to reject homosexual Catholics. Portmann, himself a Catholic, finds it striking that the Vatican says Jews can "get to heaven" by being Jewish but strongly implies that even monogamous gay and lesbian Catholics cannot. Portmann concludes that, in the Church's eyes, sexuality now trumps theology.

Focusing on Catholicism, Sex and Heaven also raises compelling questions about heaven in Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam. This original and powerful perspective is sure to startle and amaze.

 

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Contents

Heavens Junior Varsity
33
The Sex We Don t Have
57
FOUR
74
Berter a Straight Jew than a Gay Catholic?
87
FIVE
102
Sacred Public Relations
117
Religious Conversion as Political Protest
139
Fertility Cults and Sex Scandals
165
CONCLUSION
191
Select Bibliography
223
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JOHN PORTMANN has edited a number of titles including the bestselling In Defense of Sin and When Bad Things Happen to Other People. The latter received excellent reviews in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and salon.com, and was nominated for Phi Beta Kappa's Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize.

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