God, Sex, and Politics
Homosexuality and Everyday Theologies
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of Pages: 292
Width: 15.7 cm
Height: 23.2 cm
God, Sex, and Politics examines both sides of the church controversy over homosexuality to consider the ways in which people develop, in everyday thought and interaction, their beliefs about God and justice. Dawne Moon explores how members of Protestant congregations determine what is just and what is not, what is right and what is wrong, what is loving and what is sinful. Through this compelling work we learn that the considerable turmoil surrounding homosexuality in churches has less to do with homosexuality than with the fear of weakening the church's spiritual, communal solidarity. We learn too how the church mirrors the secular world - the fear of division and politics leads members to avoid conflict in the congregations Moon examines. And so, the Protestants who are the subject of her study avoid debating the key issue of whether homosexuality is sinful because of its potentially polarizing effects. The religious culture Moon uncovers is ultimately critical of politics and of the intense moral and social discord that members believe it entails.
"Moon's use of Foucault is nothing short of brilliant. Foucauldian thought has been conspicuously absent from the sociology of religion and this book demonstrates how it can be incorporated effectively. . . . An important read not only for those working in the sociologies of religion or sexuality, but all those interested in power more generally."--Bradley A. Koch "Sociology of Religion "