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Recruiting Young Love How Christians Talk about Homosexuality

ISBN-10: 0226410447
ISBN-13: 9780226410449
Edition: 2011
Authors: Mark D. Jordan
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

In the view of many Christians, the teenage years are simultaneously the most dangerous and the most promising. At the very moment when teens are trying to establish a sense of identity and belonging, they are beset by temptation on all sidesfrom the pressure of their peers to the nihilism and materialism of popular culture. Add the specter of homosexuality to the mix, and you've got a situation ripe for worry, sermonizing, and exploitation. In Recruiting Adolescence, Mark D. Jordan explores more than a half century of American church debate about homosexuality to show that even as the main lessonhomosexuality is bad, teens are vulnerablehas remained constant, the arguments and assumptions have changed remarkably. At the time of the first Kinsey Report, in 1948, homosexuality was simultaneously condemned and little discusseda teen struggling with same-sex desire would have found little specific guidance. Sixty years later, church rhetoric has undergone a radical shift, as silence has given way to frequent, public, detailed discussion of homosexuality and its perceived dangers. Along the way, churches have quietly adopted much of the language and ideas of modern sexology, psychiatry, and social reformersdeploying it, for example, to buttress the credentials of anti-gay "deprogramming" centers and traditional gender roles. Jordan tells this story through a wide variety of sources, including oral histories, interviews, memoirs, and even pulp novels; the result is a fascinating window onto the never-ending battle for the teenage soul.

Mark D. Jordan is the Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. He�was previously�the Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity and Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University and also�taught�at the University of Notre Dame and Emory University. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books.

Introduction: Sexual Characters
Degenerating Youth
First Reports of Hidden Worlds
A Social Problem
Spirit of the Homophile Race
Meeting Face to Face
Churchly Liberations
Saving Their Children
Coming Out of Homosexuality
Polemic in a Time of Plague
In Search of New Youth
Conclusion: How Not to Talk about Sex in Church
Acknowledgments
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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