Another Kind of Love: Homosexuality and Spirituality

Another Kind of Love: Homosexuality and Spirituality

Another Kind of Love: Homosexuality and Spirituality

Another Kind of Love: Homosexuality and Spirituality

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When this book appeared, it evoked "widespread critical reaction," as the saying goes. Not that there were many notices. Some were very brief. Rather, the range of response was extensive -- from warm endorsement to icy horror. It was dismissed as both outrageous and naïve, and it was welcomed as a balanced treatment of a highly controversial issue. In short, and not surprisingly, the reviews were a mixed bag.

Shortly after the book was published, I also began receiving personal letters. The over-all message of the ordinary men and women for whom the book had been written was modest and simple. In effect, they said "Thanks." Somewhat surprisingly, I received only one unfavorable letter.

The invitation to prepare a revised edition for Image Books was therefore doubly welcome. For it gave me the opportunity to profit from the critical reviews and to reach a wider audience. Although the text remains largely unchanged, I have added some new material-most notably the chapter on spirituality. I have also attempted to remedy the weakness of the first edition with regard to gay women, about whose lives and experience we are only slowly gaining the kind of information and insight which even in the case of gay men is still scant and episodic.

Adding this "concluding untheological postscript" also provides me with the opportunity to reflect briefly on some of the issues connected with the book a year after its initial appearance.

When Joel Wells invited me to write the book, it was intended for the Thomas More Press "Living with" series. The . . .

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