By Jeffrey S. Siker
Few concerns this day reason extra public - and personal - debate than the interplay of homosexuality and faith. From the query of homosexual marriage to where of gays and lesbians inside religion groups, non secular leaders and lay individuals needs to take care of those concerns for now and for future years. what's the old place of the foremost denominations? How are humans of religion balancing their ideals? This encyclopedia presents an outline of a few of the attitudes and responses that religions have needed to the presence of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered folks inside their groups. this can be the main finished quantity up to now at the intersections among faith and homosexuality.
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Letter to all Catholic Bishops on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons. Rome: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1986. ———–. Some Considerations Concerning the Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons. Rome: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1992. Doniger O’Flaherty, Wendy. Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Dorf, Elliot and the Commission of Human Sexuality of the Rabbinical Assembly.
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