What We're Reading
In the March 1997 issue of First Things, psychologist Elizabeth Moberly reviewed several then-recent books (most of which are still in print) on the causes and treatment of homosexuality.
In the March 1997 issue of First Things, psychologist Elizabeth Moberly reviewed several then-recent books (most of which are still in print) on the causes and treatment of homosexuality. The books were Strangers and Friends, by Michael Vasey, Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, by Jeffrey Satinover, The Truth About Homosexuality, by John F. Harvey; Straight and Narrow? by Thomas E. Schmidt; Homosexuality: A Freedom Too Far, by Charles W. Socarides; Unwanted Harvest? by Mona Riley and Brad Sargent; and Craving for Love, by Briar Whitehead. [Posted December 2003, KAM]
Theologian and author R. R. Reno offers an analysis of some of the deep disorders of contemporary culture that assail the Church in his essay "Sex and the Episcopal Church," a chapter in his book, In the Ruins of the Church: Sustaining Faith in an Age of Diminished Christianity.
Few theologians have as perceptive a sense of the deep disorders of contemporary culture (and the challenges those disorders present to the Church) as R. R. Reno. So MARS HILL AUDIO is proud to be able to share with our friends one chapter from his recent book, In the Ruins of the Church: Sustaining Faith in an Age of Diminished Christianity. "Sex in the Episcopal Church" was written before the current controversy concerning Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, but analyses many of the cultural dynamics at work in the Episcopal Church, drawing heavily from David Brooks's portrayal of Bourgeois Bohemians (in his book Bobos in Paradise). This essay is available for download for a limited time, thanks to the book's publisher, Brazos Press. [Posted February 2004, KAM]
For informative discussion about homosexuality, Christopher Wolfe?who discussed the subject on Volume 49?recommends several books and web sites.
For informative discussion about homosexuality, Christopher Wolfe—who discussed the subject on Volume 49—recommends the following websites: www.CourageRC.net; www.exodus-international.org; www.peoplecanchange.com; and www.narth.com.
For further reading he recommends the following books (quotes from Wolfe):
Fr. John F. Harvey, The Truth About Homosexuality: The Cry of the Faithful (Ignatius Press, 1996); David Morrison, Beyond Gay (Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Co., 1999); and Christopher Wolfe, ed., Homosexuality and American Public Life (Spence, 2000). "These books contain chapters on a wide range of topics associated with this issue."
Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg, The Battle for Normality: A Guide for (Self-) Therapy for Homosexuality (Ignatius Press, 1997) and On the Origins and Treatment of Homosexuality: A Psychoanalytic Re-interpretation (Praeger, 1985). "Written by a psychiatrist with a great deal of clinical experience, it provides a kind of self-help manual for those dealing with same-sex attractions."
Jeffrey Satinover, Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth (Baker Books, 1996). "Dr. Satinover is absolutely excellent on the genetic and biological aspects of homosexuality."
Elizabeth R. Moberly, Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic (James Clark, 1983). "A very short book, written by a Christian psychiatrist."
George A. Rekers, ed., Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexual Problems (Lexington Books, 1995). "Written by a counselor with a great deal of experience in dealing with young people who experience tendencies toward homosexuality."
John F. Kilner is one of the editors of The Reproductive Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies, and the Family (Eerdmans, 2000). Earlier books on which he collaborated include Bioethics and the Future of Medicine: A Christian Appraisal (Eerdmans, 1995), Dignity and Dying: A Christian Appraisal (Eerdmans, 1996); "The Way They Were, the Way We Are: Bioethics and the Holocaust" (First Things, March 1990), and Genetic Ethics: Do the Ends Justify the Genes? (Eerdmans, 1997). MARS HILL AUDIO recently produced an audio anthology called The Ethics of Human Cloning, which may be ordered by calling 1.800.331.6407. We also have available an unabridged audio edition of Gilbert Meilaender's Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. Additional resources include: C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength (Simon and Schuster Trade, 1990); Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society (Knopf, 1964); Albert Borgmann, Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry (University of Chicago Press, 1984); Albert Borgmann, Crossing the Postmodern Divide (University of Chicago Press, 1992); George Parkin Grant, Technology and Justice (University of Notre Dame Press, 1986); Stanley Hauerwas, Naming the Silences: God, Medicine, and the Problem of Suffering (Eerdmans, 1990); Stanley Hauerwas, Suffering Presence: Theological Reflections on Medicine, the Mentally Handicapped, and the Church (University of Norte Dame Press, 1986); Leon R. Kass, Toward a More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs (New York: Free Press, 1985); Stephen E. Lammers, editor, On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1987); C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (Macmillan Publishing Company, 1947); Richard John Neuhaus, "The Excitable Dr. Watson" (First Things, June/July 1990, pp. 67f); Richard John Neuhaus, editor, Guaranteeing the Good Life: Medicine and the Return of Eugenics (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1990); Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (Knopf, 1992); Paul Ramsey, Ethics at the Edges of Life: Medical and Legal Intersections (Yale University Press, 1978); Max L. Stackhouse, "Godly Cooking? Theological Ethics and Technological Society" (First Things, May 1991, pp. 22-29); and Michael Aeschliman, The Restitution of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1983). Gilbert Meilaender's Body, Soul, and Bioethics (Notre Dame, 1995) looks at how the field of bioethics has developed over the last 25 years, and how in his view some questions have been asked and/or answered badly. Also see Jeremy Rifkin's The Biotech Century (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998). Nigel Cameron's book, The New Medicine: Life and Death after Hippocrates, has been re-issued (in the summer of 2001) by The Bioethics Press. Dr. Cameron is a senior fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (www.cbhd.org). The fellows of the Center have been involved with the publication of a number of important books on bioethics, including the anthology Bioengagement: Making a Christian Difference Through Bioethics Today (Eerdmans, 2000).[Posted between October 2001 and June 2002, ALG]