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Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic [Paperback]

Elizabeth R. Moberly
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9 Jun 2006 Cities of the Biblical World
The best-selling Christian study of homosexuality, combining a psychoanalytical approach with an emphasis on the need for counselling and prayer. In the debate about homosexuality one thing that seems clear on a issue renowned for lack of clarity and controversy is that two fundamentally incompatible positions continue to be held tenaciously. One asserts that homosexual acts are legitimate, the other that they are not. Concentration on the legitimacy of sexual expression rather than on underlying needs has made the debate about homosexuality incapable of resolution. Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic presents a psychoanalytic interpretation that has shifted the focus of the debate from symptoms to root causes. The crux of Elizabeth Moberly s argument is that the homosexual condition involves legitimate developmental needs, the fulfilment of which has been blocked by an underlying ambivalence to members of the same sex . But while the argument is certainly controversial, it involves a much-needed restatement of the traditional Christian distinction between the homosexual condition and its expression in homosexual activity.

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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Lutterworth Press; Reprint edition (9 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718830652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718830656
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 13.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr Elizabeth Moberly is known as the originator of gender-affirmative therapy for homosexuals. She has travelled extensively in the USA and the British Isles, giving seminars on homosexuality. She has broadcast extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, taking part in such leading shows as Start the Week, the Donahue Show and Straight Talk.

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1.0 out of 5 stars This was the book that screwed me up! 28 May 2011
By Origen
This booklet was stock reading in the late eighties and early nineties. Me and my ex-gay friends lapped it up eagerly as we discovered the reasons for our sinful desires. I began to hate my father for the things he had supposedly done, or not done, to me. I also had a series of extremely harmful close-friendships with male christian friends in an attempt to 'top-up' my masculinity and make me straight. This resulted in a serious break-down which still affects me years later. I first started to 'see the light' when my best friend from university told me that he had had a bad relationship with his father but that hadn't made him gay.

This woman needs exposing as a charlatan. She has messed with the heads of many serious christian men and women and seriously screwed us up. As far as I'm aware she only has a doctorate in theology and so her attempts in the psychological world are not informed by any foundations in psychology. Apparently she has gone into cancer research now, presumably expounding the belief that cancer is caused by having a bad relationship with the family pet in childhood and can be healed by buying a dog in adult life!

Just take a bit of advice from an old-timer: If you don't want to be gay, just be celibate. Pop-psychology like this will screw your mind up more than you can imagine.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather read Freud 7 Feb 2008
For a book that is so often referred to, I was extremely disappointed.
While encouraging in that Moberly attempts to promote sympathy and understanding, the approach of the book is more suited to the old attitude of homosexuality being categorised as a pathology (the last vestiges of which were only removed from the DSM in 1986).

Essentially, Moberly lays the entire reason for homosexuality inclination squarely at the feet of a same-sex parent deficit. That is, the attraction to same-sex relationships is a person's attempt to repair a deficiency in their relationship with their same-sex parent.

This categorisation is ridiculously simplistic. It makes as much sense to say heterosexuality is a result of a opposite-sex relational deficit. In reality, you will find homosexuals AND heterosexuals at every point along the spectrum of same-sex parental relations, from the good to the bad to the ugly. For a homosexual who has a good same-sex parental relationship, this theory can do nothing but damage to that relationship by persuading the homosexual to cast blame where there is none and make the parent feel guilt when they have none.

As it is, no parenting is perfect and so it will always be possible to find 'evidence' for such a theory. Unfortunately, this sort of pseudo-scientific approach promotes the idea that homosexuality can be 'cured' by therapy or healing (according to your tastes). Whether a Christian agrees or disagrees with homosexuality, a better approach is one of love, care and support for the choice the homosexual makes (note this does not imply condoning, but recognising people have to make their own decisions). Making someone believe they can be 'therapised' out of it is irresponsible and potentially damaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a sound understanding of homosexuality 6 April 2013
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It is not judgmental or agressive about homosexuals.
There is hope of change for those who suffer
This book should be widely known
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First book to explain defensive detachment 27 Mar 2013
By S. Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the earliest books to explain the underlying roots of homosexuality. Words now commonly accepted such as defensive detachment, same sex deficit, etc. first originated in this book. This book is considered a classic by the ex-gay community.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unproven and harmful 2 Jan 2012
By Jude - Published on Amazon.com
It is important for anyone contemplating buying this book to know that ex-gay therapy does not work and is often harmful. Please check out the American Psychological Association's website. You will find study after study showing that this kind of therapy does not work. A few people may choose to alter their behavior. But they cannot change what they feel. God does not hate you if you are gay. Please learn to accept yourself and seek help from a trained professional. That reminds me, this woman does not have any training in pscyhology or counseling. This is based totally on religious belief and hand waving arguments about parents neglecting or not being there for their children.
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 17 Feb 2012
By othoniaboys - Published on Amazon.com
I am of two minds about reparative therapy, or rather about these struggles with homosexual feelings that these other reviewers are talking about. These people are in serious distress. I remember back in 1970 when an anonymous book called Straight was hooted down by the Gay press with no compassion at all for the author's pain. Such people are treated as renegades, and indeed they are renegades. But on the other hand, as a 68-year-old gay man who is comfortable with his feelings and memories, a man who is not struggling and never did struggle with his feelings, it irks me to see so much nonsense talked and written about a set of feelings that had nothing to do with your parents, and which should not be struggled against, certainly not in order to please a God who supposedly made two white people 6,000 years ago and thus somehow (via another white man named Noah) caused (without evolution) the eventual creation of the black and yellow races -- a pretty good trick! If the only reason you have for going to these headshrinkers is to please this white-into-black creation myth figure in the sky, forget it! There's nothing wrong with you. If it ain't busted, then don't fix it!
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