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Abstract : Drawing upon two conceptually and methodologically related projects in France and Britain, the authors illuminate lesbian, gay and bisexual Christians- religious orientations, beliefs and practices. The samples demonstrated striking similarities and differences. Participants generally strongly disagreed with the Church-s censorious teachings on non-heterosexuality, but the British sample appeared more critical. The French sample also experienced a greater degree of psychological and social dissociation. Nevertheless, some participants across samples stayed within homophobic religious structures because of their commitment to integrating their sexuality and spirituality, and to making religious communities more inclusive. This commitment was buttressed by: 1 their conceptualization of the all-loving God and of Jesus Christ as a transgressive champion of social justice; 2 positive personal experiences; 3 the marginalization of church authority in their moral universe; and 4 increasing theological, social and political capital. Theoretically, the authors contribute to debates on contemporary religious and spiritual landscape and identity.





Author: Martine Gross - Andrew Yip -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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