Plato Or Paul?: The Origins of Western Homophobia

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Pilgrim Press, 2009 - Religion - 244 pages
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Jennings explores the notion that the origin of Western homophobia lies not in the biblical traditions of Judaism and Christianity but instead has its source in the Greek and Hellenistic sources (mainly the platonic philosophies) often assumed to have been accepting of same-sex eroticism.

Jennings is aware this concept goes against the grain of common opinion, and therefore provides ample clarification from official statements of the Vatican and opinions of the United States Supreme Court; texts from Plato and other Hellenistic perspectives; and the writings of Paul.

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User Review  - DavidCLDriedger - LibraryThing

This book is, among other things, an important historical corrective to the notion that the church is *now* accommodating to culture in becoming of affirmative to non-heterosexual models of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eddie Weingart - Goodreads

Overall a great read. Jennings offers a thorough and in depth historic breakdown of western homophobia in 4 parts: Plato, Helenistic period, Paul and the emergence of homophobia in Christianity. May be a little sense to some readers at different points. Great book club book! Read full review

About the author (2009)

Theodore W. Jennings, Jr., author of The Liturgy of Liberation (Abingdon Press), has taught at the Evangelical Methodist Seminary in Mexico City. (1990)

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