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Provides a view of the spirituality of gay and lesbian writers, artists, and thinkers throughout the ages
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Books about homosexuality and religion have traditionally attempted to reconcile "sin" with a modern understanding of sexuality. Andrew Harvey's The Essential Gay Mystics, however, is predicated on the assumption that sin and sex don't need to be reconciled and that gay sexuality is innately spiritual. Excerpting passages from 60 gay and lesbian writers--covering 20 centuries and at least a dozen traditions including classical Greek, Native American, Sufic, and Christian-- Harvey explores a variety of religious and sexual experiences. His extensive research, empathetic perspective, and compelling grasp of spirituality make this book not only unique, but also vital to an understanding of contemporary theology and religion.From Library Journal:
Nowadays there are so many anthologies dealing with gay and lesbian topics that it is almost impossible to find an unfilled niche. But writer, poet, and teacher Harvey (Journey in Ladakh, LJ 6/15/83) has discovered a rich vein in this collection of spiritually tinged texts. The key insight informing his selections here is that the Source of all Godhead is both masculine and feminine and exists in a unity that includes both. The homosexual can be thought to mirror this unity and viewed as enigmatic fertility and power in a special way. Appropriately and wisely, the selections are geographically diverse and come from many different religious traditions. In some instances, the writers are not strictly speaking believers at all. Among historical texts, the reader finds that the selections are all open gay and lesbian readings, though they have not traditionally been given such interpretations. Recommended for both academic and public religion collections.?David S. Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia
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