Prepared by his many years of intensive study and teaching of psychodynamics at the Institutes of Religion and Health in New York City, as well as his own years of analysis, John McNeill deals with homosexuality from both the spiritual and psychotherapeutic dimensions. Because of his years of training and experience as a psychotherapist with hundreds of gay and lesbian clients, he has combined insights from psychotherapy and spirituality to help the reader overcome any interiorized homophobia, shame, guilt, and fear resulting from their religious training, and cultural and family prejudices.
Taking A Chance On God clearly distinguishes pathological religion from healthy religion, applying the principle that whatever is good theology must also be good psychology, and vice versa. This book opens the door to a new ethical understanding and acceptance of homosexual relationships as morally good, and gay love as a deeper sharing in divine love.
McNeill demonstrates that those who practice pathological religion base their relationship with God as a relationship to a god of fear. Further, homophobic fundamentalist preachers demand that all must worship their god of fear; they compel all gays and lesbians to sacrifice any hope of a life fulfilled with sexual love and intimacy in order to escape their fearful god's wrath. McNeill admonishes that... "Such a service of fear would blaspheme the Christian God of love."
Taking A Chance On God reflects McNeill's own lifelong struggle to accept his gayness with gratitude as a gift from God. "It should be stressed, in opposition to certain current views," McNeill states, "that human beings do not choose their sexual orientation; they discover it as something given. Furthermore, there is no healthy way to reverse or change sexual orientation once it is established." It brings a gay perspective to fundamental Christian questions. (From McNeill's website)