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Reinterpreting the spiritual relationships of gay men in Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches

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dc.contributor.advisor Louw, A. F. (Dr.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Theron, J. P. J. (Prof.) en Bosman, John-Eduard en 2009-08-25T11:04:03Z 2009-08-25T11:04:03Z 2009-08-25T11:04:03Z 2006-06-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Bosman, John-Eduard (2009) Reinterpreting the spiritual relationships of gay men in Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study explores how gay Christian men in the pentecostal/charismatic movement reinterpret their spirituality as a reaction to the discourse about homosexuality in this movement. The spiritual experience of gay men is contextualized within the particular emphasis on individual experience found in pentecostal/charismatic spirituality. Practical theological research is conducted within a postmodern discourse set in context of a Participatory Action Research project. A narrative therapeutical approach served to identify harmful discourses and encourage the continuing deconstruction of such discourses. The extent to which power/knowledge relationships affect gay Christians' spiritual relationships became apparent. Conflict between the church's discourse about homosexuality and the gay Christian appears to start a process of deconstruction of fundamentalist pentecostal/charismatic hermeneutical approaches to the Bible. The research process facilitated a process of reconstruction of gay spirituality and created opportunities for spiritual and social growth. This research may inspire gay Christian voices in pentecostal/charismatic circles to become heard. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (v, 144 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Pentecostal en
dc.subject Charismatic en
dc.subject Spirituality en
dc.subject Homosexuality en
dc.subject Gay Men en
dc.subject Postmodern en
dc.subject Discourse en
dc.subject Practical Theology en
dc.subject Narrative analysis en
dc.subject Participatory Research en
dc.subject.ddc 261.835766
dc.subject.lcsh Gay men -- Religious life
dc.subject.lcsh Christian gay men -- Religious life
dc.subject.lcsh Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Pentecostal churches
dc.subject.lcsh Spiritual life -- Pentecostal churches
dc.subject.lcsh Male homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Pentecostal churches
dc.title Reinterpreting the spiritual relationships of gay men in Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology en M.Th. en

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