- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Continuum (19 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826459498
- ISBN-13: 978-0826459497
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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he has paved the way for others to write positively of Christianity and homosexuality, freed from the need to answer Vatican pronouncements. A Question of Truth has left those decrees in ruins. This book is a must-read for anyone serious about homosexuality and religion. Lambda Book Report, November/December 2004
" this work is exhaustive, examining the both the biblical and natural law foundations of Catholic doctrine Recommended. Lower level undergraduates and above." -CHOICE, Jan. 2004
"Moore admits his book brings together what others have already said, but his original contribution is to apply a conceptual and linguistic analysis to this discussion. He is also an excellent pedagogue who uses examples and analogies to clarify his arguments this is an important book published at a time when many Christians are again publicly discussing homosexuality. " -Charles Curran, The Tablet
The authority of the Church, the Bible and the Christian tradition has always been an essential element in the life of the Church and of Christians. But there is a problem when experience or ordinary empirical knowledge or even commonly accepted scientific theories seem to contradict the voices of authority.;Authorities try increasingly, in reaction to growing acceptance of gays and gay sex within the Church, to argue the case against both.;This text argues that demonstrates that the arguments put forward by the Church are flawed and that Gay Christians are responsible and thoughtful moral agents and that we will make no progress until we treat them as such.See all Product description
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PS For heterosexual stuff, read "The Body in Context". All his work is very good for anyone having problems with, well, all those "squishy" bits of life that we can't really get away from...
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The result of the anti-sexual movement has been the wholesale rejection of the papal encyclical forbidding the use of contraceptives, rejected by the vast majority of the Catholic faithful, now putting the church in a position where the bishops teach one thing on sexuality, and the faithful and most priests simply ignore the Vatican and the conservative bishops and hold entirely different beliefs. The rejection of Casti Canubii may be the first time in history where the Pope issued an encyclical and the faithful responded "No, this is not our faith, this is not what we believe."
The anti-sexual faction is also responsible for the thousands of cases of abuse of children by the clergy, and suicides by hundreds, if not thousands, of gay teenagers, who hear the church's message as one of rejection, telling them they are evil for the sexual orientation God gave them.
"A Question of Truth" by the English Dominican Gareth Moore looks at the situation, theology and sexuality, in great detail and does us a great service by opening up this area to dispassionate examination. The book continues the path of others, such as "The Church and the Homosexual" (McNeill), "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality" (Boswell), and "Same-Sex Marriages in Pre-Modern Europe" (Boswell). To my mind, this is the finest examination and exposition done so far on homosexuality and theology.
Written by a Dominican Thomist, this book is not the easiest read, but is well worth the effort.
It must be said that the reading can be difficult at times, as Moore, a theologian, carefully constructs his argument as any good philosopher will. That being said, he does attempt to make it as accessible as possible to the general reader, avoiding overly technical language and making good use of more common everyday analogies. It should also be noted that the text reflects the British idiom and so includes items that may be unfamiliar to some American readers.
Yet it is well worth the effort to get through the book. Moore insists on removing all considerations of motive and character from those whose analysis differs from his own, focusing instead on the arguments themselves. He bends over backwards to be fair and impartial, while at the same time holding up the official positions of the Roman Catholic Church to close scrutiny. Invariably, he finds them wanting.
Those whose minds are made up and who are not open to logical argument probably should not bother with this book. Those who are open, however, may find in it a new possibility for better understanding the subject from a thoroughly Christian point of view.
Moore carefully examines scripture references by interpreting what these statements mean through the language and cultural context in which they have been written. While making allowances that the Bible may in other places may condemn homosexual actions, the passages referred to in the above-mentioned documents cannot. He also examines traditional teaching from Augustine to Aquinas and beyond.
This is not a popularly written book, but a careful one and deserves to be part of the Roman Catholic Church's examination of sexual morality.