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Den hemlÃ¶sa sexualiteten: en antologi
by a number of different authors
First line: n/a
Back cover blurb:
Homosexualitet Ã¤r en av de mest brÃ¤nnande frÃ¥gorna i kyrkorna i dag. Ã„mnet vÃ¤cker starka kÃ¤nslor. MÃ¥nga tycker att det Ã¤r svÃ¥rt att ta till orda, andra tycks redan vara klara med frÃ¥gan.
Antologin Den hemlÃ¶sa sexualiteten vill medverka till ett konstruktivt och nyanserat samtal i kyrkan om homosexualitet. Om kristen tro innebÃ¤r att man stÃ¤ller hela livet i relation till Gud och evangeliet, dÃ¥ Ã¤r homosexualitet ocksÃ¥ en teologisk angelÃ¤genhet fÃ¶r kyrkan. Det vÃ¤cker frÃ¥gor om:
- Vad sÃ¤ger Bibeln om homosexualitet?
- Vilken syn har kristna pÃ¥ sex och samlevnad?
- Hur ska kyrkorna reagera infÃ¶r de orÃ¤ttvisor som homosexuella drabbas av?
- PÃ¥ vilka villkor kan homosexuella vÃ¤lkomnas i fÃ¶rsamlingen?
- Kan partnerskap vÃ¤lsignas i kyrkan?
FÃ¶rfattarna till Den hemlÃ¶sa sexualiteten tar upp dessa och andra frÃ¥gor. UtgÃ¥ngspunkten Ã¤r klassisk kristen tro i fÃ¶rening med lyhÃ¶rdhet och respekt infÃ¶r de homosexuellas situation. FrÃ¥gorna blir belysta ur fyra olika perspektiv — bibliska, etiska, kulturella och pastorala. De 18 fÃ¶rfattarna representerar olika kristna traditioner.
Boken ger inga fÃ¤rdiga svar, men lÃ¤saren fÃ¥r hjÃ¤lp att sjÃ¤lv orientera sig i frÃ¥gorna utifrÃ¥n en kristen livsvÃ¤rld.
Thoughts: This is another book I got in the 2006 book sale and that has been in my TBR-pile ever since. Unlike Profile of a Criminal Mind it is actually included on my list for the TBR-challenge, so I can strike one off there now. Yay!
Another thing that differs compared with Profileâ€¦ is that I really liked that one, and I didnâ€™t particularly like this. I have to admit that when I bought it, I thought it was a different sort of book than it turned out to be. I initially thought that it was a collection of essays by Christians who were positive when it came to homosexuality, perhaps homosexual themselves, and how they managed to make their beliefs and their sexualities match. That was not the case, however. Rather, the approach in the book is more along the lines of â€œhate the sin, love the sinner.â€ Interesting, yes, but also a little prone to making me angry. I will not touch on that too much, but I will mention one thing in particular: it drives me absolutely nuts that people so often seem to think that bisexuality always means a complete lack of ability to be monogamous. Seriously, people, homosexuality, bisexuality and heterosexuality are on a completely different scale than monogamy vs. polygamy/polyamory. You can be heterosexual and polyamorous, or you can be bisexual and monogamous. Just because a person has the ability to be attracted to persons of both genders1, doesnâ€™t mean that they want to be with people of both genders at the same time. (Sorry for rambling, but that really is a pet peeve of mine.)
Iâ€™ve mentioned it before, but I find rating non-fiction quite difficult. A book can be well-written and well-argued, but if I personally donâ€™t agree with the views expressed in the book, that will obviously colour the grade I give it. Keep that in mind when I now dole out a D to Den hemlÃ¶sa sexualiteten.
1. Or is attracted to people with a complete disregard of gender. I am being consciously simplistic here.