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Special Illumination
Authority, Inspiration and Heresy in Gay Spirituality



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ISBN 9781904768531
Published November 1, 2004 by Routledge
320 Pages

 
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Gay spirituality represents a hidden strand in Western thought that was only publically declared from the Gay Liberation of the 1970s. Since "coming out", expressions of gay spirituality have proliferated in both number and diversity. Beginning with gay theology within Christianity, the phenomenon has now reached as far as Buddhism and neo-paganism. But, so far, critical analysis of the movement has been very limited largely because gay spirituality has been treated as a political and social movement arguing for rights and acceptance within religious circles. 'A Special Illumination' offers an indepth analysis and argues that gay spirituality should be placed at the heart of religion.

Table of Contents

Foreword; PART ONE: AUTHORITY; Chapter One: General Introduction; Chapter Two: Gay Theology; Chapter Three: Queer Spirituality and Theology; Chapter Four: Experience and Gay Pastoral Theology; PART TWO: INSPIRATION; Chapter Five: Towards a Faerie Vision; Chapter Six: Inside the Faerie Vision, Spirit and Soul; Chapter Seven: Gay Mystics; Chapter Eight: The Way of Eros and Ganymede; PART THREE: HERESY; Chapter Nine: Uses and Abuses of Heresy; Chapter Ten: Achieving Synthesis; Afterword: Incompletion and the Ethical Question

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