Faith Beyond Resentment

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Faith Beyond Resentment

Fragments Catholic and Gay

A stunningly original reimagining of the Catholic faith by one of the most lucid and exciting theologians of our day. James Alison examines Catholic theology from a gay perspective and addresses both those who are not gay and those who are not Catholic.

Discrimination against gays and lesbians extends from the highest echelons of the Catholic Church to the pews. For James Alison, a gay Catholic theologian, the key to moving beyond resentment is a radical re-conversion to the gospel message of God’s love and understanding.

Known for his insight into the fundamental themes of Catholic theology, James Alison offers an account of Christianity that is moving, liberating, deeply personal and rooted in the Catholic tradition.

Reviews and endorsements

"A terrific book. James Alison is one of the really fresh and original voices in Catholic theology. These 'Fragments' provide insight, inspiration and challenge for the sympathetic and attentive reader."
Enda McDonagh

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"James Alison’s many admirers will find in this book much that is new, but also all that they will be used to—wit, clarity, depth and surprises."
Rowan Williams

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"Like all James Alison’s books, Faith Beyond Resentment is almost frighteningly profound. Alison, as he tells us a girardian must, reads texts. Not just any texts, but the texts of Scripture. Alison’s readings train us to undertake the slow and painful work of living free of resentment. So taught we discover how debates about 'homosexuality' can be repositioned from the stance of 'us' versus 'them' to 'us' versus 'us'. So positioned we may even learn to accept the salvation that is ours in Christ."
Stanley Hauerwas

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"To touch the nerve of life and find the only words that say it, is exceptional. To do it again and again is more like genius. And Alison does just this."
Sebastian Moore

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"James Alison is the most fascinating theologian I have read for ages, both courageous and intellectually irresistible . . . a David before Goliath!"
Monica Furlong


"A terrific book. James Alison is one of the really fresh and original voices in Catholic theology. These 'Fragments' provide insight, inspiration and challenge for the sympathetic and attentive reader."
Enda McDonagh

,

"James Alison’s many admirers will find in this book much that is new, but also all that they will be used to—wit, clarity, depth and surprises."
Rowan Williams

,

"Like all James Alison’s books, Faith Beyond Resentment is almost frighteningly profound. Alison, as he tells us a girardian must, reads texts. Not just any texts, but the texts of Scripture. Alison’s readings train us to undertake the slow and painful work of living free of resentment. So taught we discover how debates about 'homosexuality' can be repositioned from the stance of 'us' versus 'them' to 'us' versus 'us'. So positioned we may even learn to accept the salvation that is ours in Christ."
Stanley Hauerwas

,

"To touch the nerve of life and find the only words that say it, is exceptional. To do it again and again is more like genius. And Alison does just this."
Sebastian Moore

,

"James Alison is the most fascinating theologian I have read for ages, both courageous and intellectually irresistible . . . a David before Goliath!"
Monica Furlong

9780824519223
Paperback / 256 pages
Dimensions: 5 1/8 x 8 3/4
HERDER & HERDER, 2001