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Theology of the Bawdy Christopher East
A magnificent commentary on Christian sexual ethics. Why have a negative morality when it comes to sex when people are just going to do it anyway?Thoroughly explains why God wants us to fornicate, commit adultery, engage in homosexual acts or whatever else trips your trigger. This inclusive sexual ethic shows that since God gave us pleasure that we should seek it out in whatever form we choose. Explains why all the negative imagery in the Bible are justmetaphorsfor faithfulness to God and since we can’t physically cheat on God that this doesn’t really apply to physical sex.
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Highlight Review Wow! Finally a theological book that tells it like it is and fully agrees with my own theology. – Hans Küng
The Story of a Saul
Terry of Kalamazoo
You have often heard that God loves you where you are at, but have you really lived this truth? Terry as a young girl was spoiled and often given to emotional fits after her mother died. She struggled to change until she came to realize the simple truth that since God loved her where she was at she did not need to change. Terry in her spiritual biography tells us why Saul was just fine where he was at and that there was no need for him to change his life and his name to Paul. She theorizes that Saul falling off the horse probably gave him a good thump on the head causing him to become too hypersensitive in pleasing God. God loves us where we are at and if we are emotional selfish people then God is fine with that. Her approach is called the "Little way" in that we have to do little or nothing in changing ourselves.
The Limitation of Christ
Thomas à Unkempt
Classic set of meditations on the limitations of Christ. How we really can’t expect Jesus to transform our lives and why we need to conform to the world instead. Beautiful reflections on why the Church must change and not us. Chapters include such gems as "The Doctrine of Relativism", "Limiting Christ and Despising All Dogmas on Earth", "Dialoging as a Virtue", and "The Value of Diversity."
"Shun too great a desire for church teaching, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Progressives like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself with following dogmatic Vatican decrees and about other things than those which lead to pleasure is very unwise."
The Interior Tepee
Aint Teresa of Vanilla
INTERIOR TEPEE is one of the most celebrated books on mystical Pagan theology in existence. Aint Teresa guides you through various Pagan and new age practices like labyrinths, enneagram, earth worship, praying to the Great Spirit of the East, West, North, and South. She describes the interior life using the metaphor of a tepee. Where this is no advancement or decline in the interior life because a tepee only has one room and everybody is at the same level as everybody else. Learn also the mysteries of comtemptlative prayer. Comtemptlative is praying with contempt for those narrow minded defenders of "traditional" Christianity. Learn how to go deeper in contemptlatation in pondering why the Holy Spirit has still not moved the Church into acceptance of all that is important for progressives. Comtemptlative prayer helps you to look suitably angry when protesting about still not having women’s ordination and other issues.
The celebrated bishop and Call To Action speaker writes a tour de force series of chapters celebrating the wonders of heterodoxy. It is the purpose of the writer to attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian Faith can be believed in the traditional form, but of how he has personally come to recreate it for modern sensibilities. The author writes a rousing call for the return to heterodoxy. From the beginning of the Church unfortunately there has been a tendency to squash other’s opinions like the Judizers or Arians for example and why we should not be afraid to challenge traditional church teaching in favor of the New York Time’s editorial page.
"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can protest against the Church’s unhearing hierarchy."
Fundamentals of Catholic Suggestions
Dr. Ludwig Ought
Don’t be intimidated by this thick volume with 544 pages. All the pages are blank with college rule so that you are free to write down what you consider to be the fundamentals of what it means to be Catholic. Don’t be afraid to start your own apostolic traditions and start writing them down now.
Sister JoanChittister, OSB
Are your chants outside of cathedrals getting stale. Do you need to revive your protest rallies with great new chants. If you answered yes then this book is perfect for you! Here is just a sample of just some of the great chants included.
Hey, Hey – Ho, Ho
All male priesthood has got to go and Humanae Vitae ain’t no fun.
Three cheers for contraception.
The book comes with a chapter dedicated to describing Chittisterian Chant notation so that anyone will be able to read the notation and properly chant it.
Not only do we have these great books but we also have books on apologetics. No not those judgmental apologetic books that deny that their are many paths up to the mountain and that all religions are equally good. Our apologetics books helps you to defend your progressive faith.
Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The attack on "Progressives" by "mean people following Church teaching" Karl Marx Keating
Have you ever been annoyed by those more traditional and fundamentalist Catholics that annoy you by actually quoting the text from Vatican II documents? Do you know how to defend progressive teaching when others bring up the fact that it is not supported by scripture or apostolic tradition. When someone brings up something said by the Church Fathers tell them that the Church Mothers defended your position but that their writings were destroyed by a male Church afraid of strong women. This and many other strong apologetic arguments in favor of contraception, abortion, and pulling feeding tubes. Other important topics are also included.
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