The Church and the Homosexual

Author: John J. McNeill
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807079243
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this "brave and good book which shatters bad myths" (Commonweal), McNeill shows that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, and argues that the Church must not continue its homophobic practices. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Psychology of Religion Fourth Edition

Author: Ralph W. Hood, Jr.
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1606233920
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Scholarly and comprehensive yet accessible, this state-of-the-science work is widely regarded as the definitive graduate-level psychology of religion text. The authors synthesize classic and contemporary empirical research on numerous different religious groups. Coverage includes religious thought, belief, and behavior across the lifespan; links between religion and biology; the forms and meaning of religious experience; the social psychology of religious organizations; and connections to morality, coping, mental health, and psychopathology. Every chapter features thought-provoking quotations and examples that bring key concepts to life. New to This Edition *Revised and updated with the latest theories, methods, and empirical findings.*Many new research examples.*Restructured with fewer chapters for better “fit” with a typical semester.*More attention to the differences between religion and spirituality*Covers emerging topics: genetics and neurobiology, positive psychology, atheism, and more.

Scoffing at Scripture

Author: Frank Bolger Kelly
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1608448088
Format: PDF, ePub
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A former Roman Catholic, Frank Bolger Kelly has long wondered why thinking humans as a whole in the 21st century have not yet been able to disenthrall themselves from the demonstrable falsehoods and sectarian nonsense of organized religion. A few years ago, Kelly decided to sit down with the "sacred" scriptures of several of the world's major religions, the alleged bedrocks of these various creeds, in a last-ditch effort to achieve holy inspiration. Instead, he became wholly disenchanted, and Scoffing at Scripture: A Commoner Reads the World's Holy Writ and Rejects Traditional Religion is the result. Far from representing that all-elusive "Word of God," creedal scripture the world over, it seems to Kelly, merely cloaks the tribal agendas and cultural designs of the world's priestly (and virtually allmale) elites. With the general reader in mind, the author has grouped together a series of compact discussions of religion and scripture for cross-cultural comparative reference. Kelly's intent is to facilitate critical analysis of the world's holy writ and, in particular, to encourage younger, skeptical readers of a secular mind to confront the doctrinal, scriptural, and ritual absurdities of those faiths into which they were born and continue to be indoctrinated. Frank Bolger Kelly grew up in an Irish Catholic family in the Bronx, New York, matriculated to a noted Jesuit college in New England, and subsequently did time at a prestigious non-sectarian institution of higher learning in the Midwest. It was during his enlightening time at the latter that Kelly first began seriously to question not only his own religious upbringing but the scriptural bases of all the world's major religions. Kelly was quickly convinced that the vast majority of "the faithful" the world over, commoners like himself, just might reconsider their religious roots and motivations in a new light if they actually bothered to immerse themselves for a time in their own "sacred scriptures," rather than merely fake familiarity with them. Actually to read scripture in all its antiquated, tendentious, sectarian absurdity, Kelly reasoned, is to take a first, giant step in renouncing irrational creeds of all kinds. Thus was born Scoffing at Scripture: A Commoner Reads the World's Holy Writ and Rejects Traditional Religion, a book from which the author hopes the open-minded reader will draw a secularly pure, spiritual sustenance.

Same Sex in Scripture

Author: Robert J. Geis
Publisher: University Press of Amer
Format: PDF, ePub
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Scripture condemns various forms of sexual behavior-but not all. Same-Sex in Scripture identifies in Mt. 19:12 an acknowledgement by Christ of the person born without an impulse towards the opposite sex, and reasons that inasmuch as all creation is good (1 Gen. 31, 1Tim. 4:4) this individual in partnership with someone of the same sex, in following Christ's commands of love, has moral status in the Kingdom of Heaven. Geis argues the insufficiency of Nature as a criterion for sexual behavior given the many exceptions from which the criterion when applied to human sexuality suffers. Only Christ's unexceptioned commandment of love has the binding force salvific law requires. Same-sex behavior can comport with this law, just as heterosexual behavior, as is clear from the role Mt. 5:28 gives the heart in sexuality. It is a position that achieves the middle between the extremes of this contentious debat

Medical Ethics

Author: Kevin D. O'Rourke, OP
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 1589017560
Format: PDF
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In a single convenient resource, this revised and updated edition of a classic text organizes and presents clearly the documents of the Catholic Church pertaining to medical ethics. Introductory chapters provide the context for interpreting the Church's teachings and theological values, guiding the reader in how to apply the teachings to particular ethical dilemmas and helping the reader to understand the role of conscience within the Catholic tradition. The teaching of the Church in regard to health care ethics is pertinent not only for health care professionals and students, but for all who are concerned about the common good of society. Medical Ethics examines specific teachings of the Church on over seventy issues in clinical and research ethics, including abortion, AIDS, artificial insemination, assisted suicide, cloning, contraception, euthanasia, gene therapy, health care reform, organ donation and transplantation, organizational ethics, stem cells, surrogate motherhood, and withholding and withdrawing life support. O'Rourke and Boyle bring this fourth edition up to the present day by incorporating recent papal documents regarding the social aspects of health care, assent to Church teaching, and the 2008 papal instruction Dignitas personae, an extremely influential document that illuminates such controversial dilemmas as prenatal adoption, frozen embryos, and genetic diagnosis.

Benedict XVI

Author: Michael S. Rose
Publisher: Spence Pub
Format: PDF, Docs
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Perhaps the most imposing intellectual to take the papacy, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, according to the author, will adhere to the fundamentals of John Paul II but take the Church in some critical departures to reawaken the West's Christian identity.