Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian

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This book is divided into two parts, one that focuses more on the cultural background, history and theology of friendship and another that focuses more on the actual living out of friendship.

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From the Introduction:

“A brief explanation of what to expect in the pages to come is in order. This book is divided into two parts, one that focuses more on the cultural background, history and theology of friendship and another that focuses more on the actual living out of friendship. In the first chapter, I will describe why I think friendship is a relatively weak bond in many Western cultures today, why it’s a form of love that’s in danger of being downgraded or dismissed in our imaginations…

In the second chapter, I’ll be arguing that friendship can and should be understood along the lines of a vowed or committed relationship, much like a marriage or a kinship bond…

The third chapter will take a step back and ask about the scriptural and theological underpinnings for our practice of friendship…

The fourth chapter will explore the intersection between erotic love and friendship, and I’ll be suggesting, more specifically, that friendship is a form of love that many celibate people may be uniquely called to pursue…

Chapter 5 will ask what it means to cultivate committed, promise-based friendships when most of us know all too well the disappointments and heartaches that our actual friendships can undergo…

And in the final chapter, I will try to lay out some concrete ways which we might begin to pursue and nurture friendships in the church today…”

Author's Notes
Introduction

Part 1 Reading Friendship
1. An Eclipse of Friendship?
2. "I Love You Because You're Mine"
3. The Transformation of Friendship

Part 2 Living Friendship
4. "A Piece of Ice Held Fast in the Fist"
5. Friendship Is a Call to Suffer
6. Patterns of the Possible

An Essay on Sources
Acknowledgments

"Courageous and thought provoking. This is a book that challenges all of us—whatever our sexual experience or longings may be—to think more truthfully about the meaning of love and the complex way in which our communities either stifle or nurture it."
— Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School

"Remarkable. Here is a book everyone interested in Christianity, and everyone interested in friendship, can profit from reading."
— Alan Jacobs, Honors College, Baylor University

"Honest and poignant, Spiritual Friendship is like a conversation with a good friend who has learned much from books but more from loving and being loved by others."
— Eve Tushnet, author of Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith

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Weight 225 g