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Only Say the Word: Affirming Gay and Lesbian Love

Only Say the Word: Affirming Gay and Lesbian Love [Kindle Edition]

Alan McManus
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- Foreword by Revd Lindsay Biddle included in uploaded text of book.

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Many good people, in good faith, while sympathising with the ethical and ecclesiastical situation of lesbian and gay Christians, still regard homosexuality as unnatural.

Other good people, in just as good faith, defend homosexuality on grounds of personal plight and involuntary sexual orientation – with private misgivings that this defence may also be applied to paedophilia.

This little book provides not only a useful argument for a more merciful reading of Scripture than that usually employed to condemn same-sex relationships, but also a philosophical analysis of the nature of ‘nature’.

Finding that all, and only, those relationships which are harmonious can be considered natural, the author invites us to only say the Word, that we may all be healed.

A former Franciscan friar, Dr Alan McManus wrote his doctoral thesis, Alchemy at the Chalkface: Pirsig, Pedagogy and the Metaphysics of Quality, at the University of Glasgow. Holding degrees in Church History/ Practical Theology and Religious Studies, he has taught EFL at home and abroad, Spanish & Italian to adults and Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies in comprehensive schools in Scotland. He has published articles on political philosophy and WW1 remembrance in the online journal Citizenship, Social and Economics Education. He is a member of Affirmation Scotland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 228 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780993099
  • Publisher: Christian Alternative (30 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I believe this book crosses many boundaries. It is insightful for the lay person in its examination of relationships within the bible, it is honest. It tackles awkward questions in terms of abusive relationships which we've all experienced throughout life in general, whether gay, heterosexual or even asexual. It does not preach nor romanticise, but asks the reader for tolerance and an open mind. It certainly made me reassess personal difficult relationships I've experienced, and above all it gives rise to examine basic human kindness. If we are indeed God's creatures we are not here to be judged we are here to be considerate of each other in the truest sense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 15 April 2013
By Susan R
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This book is an honest and well studied look at the relationship between LGBT people and Church communities. It raises a lot of issues which need to be looked at open-mindedly and shows the courage of the author, himself a gay man, trying to look at a very difficult situation and understand both sides. I shall be reading this a few more times to get the full meaning of the message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Word Can Set Us Free! 24 Mar 2013
By Blair
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`Only Say The Word' - Affirming Gay and Lesbian Love - is a short book which has both academic scholarship and personal reflection woven through it. The title comes from the story of the Jesus healing the slave of the Roman Centurion: Jesus doesn't need to go to the house for it is enough for him to `say the word' and the slave will be healed. McManus engages in an exegesis of this story to argue that the relationship may have been more than simple centurion and slave. I'm unconvinced by the argument, as I am by others which try to find parallels of modern same-sex relationships in the ancient texts of the Bible. I wonder if this form of textual probing says more about our current sexualised mindset (we do want to know if someone is gay or not, and if they are who are they having sex with!) than about the text itself. The argument of the book is that the Bible does say the word of affirmation to lgbt people; and a later analysis of `natural and unnatural' drives the point home.

The sections of the book I enjoyed most are, first, `A Cloud of Witnesses' where McManus presents an A to Z of lgbt people who were afraid to come out: this is compassionate and creative writing which I found moving. Second, throughout the book McManus describes a rainbow of church congregations or gatherings - from the red to the blue church - where there is more or less affirmation of the lgbt Christian. These are insightful and oftentimes wickedly funny. And an Affirmation Scotland Gathering is included!

Alan McManus describes himself in his book as a member of Affirmation Scotland, and AS Chaplain Lindsay Biddle contributes a Foreword.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic rainbow of churches 8 Jun 2013
By Luca - Published on
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Being a devourer of novels, of the kind that grab you and carry you away, I admit that I approached "Only Say the Word" with a mixture of fear and curiosity. The author, inspired by an episode in the Gospel from which is derived the title of the book, accompanies the reader in a sophisticated network of reflections on homosexuality (in particular), on violence, or child abuse, through an extremely eclectic and original approach of cultural references ranging from ethics to spirituality, from philosophy to metaphysics, from philology to biblical exegesis. Not always easy to follow the flourishes of the author, of course, but it is certainly to the credit of McManus that he choses not to let himself be carried away into intellectual pedantry, and instead presents himself and his opinions with a pleasant balance of erudition, humility, openness to dialogue and irony. Creative writing is not lacking: into the nonfiction prose the author interweaves a "rainbow of churches", one for each colour of Pride, seven different denominations presented on the basis of how the gay community is welcomed inside. A book that requires careful reading and some little effort from the reader, but which at the same time offers a new way, firstly logical and rational, then spiritual, of tackling issues that, commonly regarded as taboo, are often set aside.
5.0 out of 5 stars I must say most of people may need it!! 2 Mar 2013
By Weber - Published on
It is a really good book. I know it may be help me more in the future. Only say the word!!
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