Reforming Sodom

Reforming Sodom With A Focus On Mainline Protestants And Gay Rights Activists In The Twentieth Century, Heather R White Challenges The Usual Picture Of Perennial Adversaries With A New Narrative About America S Religious And Sexual Past White Argues That Today S Antigay Christian Traditions Originated In The 1920s When A Group Of Liberal Protestants Began To Incorporate Psychiatry And Psychotherapy Into Christian Teaching A New Therapeutic Orthodoxy, Influenced By Modern Medicine, Celebrated Heterosexuality As God Given And Advocated A Compassionate Cure For Homosexuality White Traces The Unanticipated Consequences As The Therapeutic Model, Gaining Popularity After World War II, Spurred Mainline Church Leaders To Take A Critical Stance Toward Rampant Antihomosexual Discrimination By The 1960s, A Vanguard Of Clergy Began To Advocate For Homosexual Rights White Highlights The Continued Importance Of This Religious Support To The Consolidating Gay And Lesbian Movement However, The Ultimate Irony Of The Therapeutic Orthodoxy S Legacy Was Its Adoption, Beginning In The 1970s, By The Christian Right, Which Embraced It As An Age Old Tradition To Which Americans Should Return On A Broader Level, White Challenges The Assumed Secularization Narrative In LGBT Progress By Recovering The Forgotten History Of Liberal Protestants Role On Both Sides Of The Debates Over Orthodoxy And Sexual Identity. 20th c American LGBT church history is now a legitimate academic subfield For scholars interested in it, this is a clear must read, full of highlights from new archives and insightful re narrations of familiar events And if those events aren t familiar if you don t know about the clergy queer dialogues and protest actions in mid sixties San Francisco, or the role of the Metropolitan Community Churches in spreading Stonewall
Living in the era we do I m sure most LGBT people assume that Christian leaders and churches have always hated the gays Reforming Sodom by Heather White dispels that myth Like the myth that the gay rights movement began at Stonewall in 1969, the anti gay Christian narrative is well established Those with an educated understanding of gay rights history would know already that in 1964, five years before Stonewall, there was mini riot and arrests in San Francisco when a costume party at California Hall was in progress Most likely those people would also know that this was a fundraising event for a newly established organisation, the Council on Religion and the Homosexual Yes, Christian ministers founded the organisation and were supporting homophiles seeking a change in the law and an end to discrimination This though is only the tip of the iceberg as the author reveals There was a well established movement amongst progressive protestant ministers in the 50 s and 60 s who were passionate about
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  • Paperback
  • 260 pages
  • Reforming Sodom
  • Heather Rachelle White
  • English
  • 11 July 2017
  • 9781469624112