Bishop Mikhail Itkin - Radical Jesus and Gay Consciousness, 1978

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Bishop Mikhail Itkin - Radical Jesus and Gay Consciousness, 1978

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Radical Jesus and Gay Consciousness: Notes for a Theology of Gay Liberation

By Bishop Mikhail Itkin

Long beach: California State university, 1978. Quarto. 63pp.  Staple bound. Staining, rubbing, as well as shelf-wear, and mild bumping to corners. Faded price sticker on front cover. Second edition.

The most important writings of the openly gay bishop, anarchist, and non-violent radical Bishop Mikhail Itkin, who was a central figure in the gay church movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and was a man who thoroughly confused many of his fellow radicals, and was a thorn in the side of mainstream Christianity. In him, catholic liberation theology and doctrines of radical gay social movements found a perfect coincidence of opposites. Rumored to have ordained Alan Watts as an independent catholic bishop, he also ordained women though it was contrary to the teachings of the church, studied Sufism, Gnosticism, Anabaptist theology, and Mennonite texts. After a life of itinerancy, he settled in San Francisco during the 80s, and held a weekly Eucharist as part of the Aids Vigil there. He died from AIDS related complications in 1989. A fascinating, radical, overlooked religious figure of the 1960s and 1970s, a critical edition of his work was published by Autonomedia in 2014.

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