Sexuality and the Christian Body

This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body.

Sexuality and the Christian Body

Author: Eugene F. Rogers, Jr.

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631210702

Page: 316

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God and the Body addresses the challenges to traditional Christianity by gay and lesbian Christians and their critics within the church. This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body.

Sexuality and the Christian Body

This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body.

Sexuality and the Christian Body

Author: Eugene F. Rogers, Jr.

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631210696

Page: 316

View: 862

God and the Body addresses the challenges to traditional Christianity by gay and lesbian Christians and their critics within the church. This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body.

One Body

Taking the account of the union that romantic love seeks as a foundation, the book considers the nature of marriage and applies its account to controversial ethical questions, such as the connection between love, sex, and commitment and the ...

One Body

Author: Alexander R. Pruss

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 0268089841

Page: 480

View: 612

This important philosophical reflection on love and sexuality from a broadly Christian perspective is aimed at philosophers, theologians, and educated Christian readers. Alexander R. Pruss focuses on foundational questions on the nature of romantic love and on controversial questions in sexual ethics on the basis of the fundamental idea that romantic love pursues union of two persons as one body. One Body begins with an account, inspired by St. Thomas Aquinas, of the general nature of love as constituted by components of goodwill, appreciation, and unitiveness. Different forms of love, such as parental, collegial, filial, friendly, fraternal, or romantic, Pruss argues, differ primarily not in terms of goodwill or appreciation but in terms of the kind of union that is sought. Pruss examines romantic love as distinguished from other kinds of love by a focus on a particular kind of union, a deep union as one body achieved through the joint biological striving of the sort involved in reproduction. Taking the account of the union that romantic love seeks as a foundation, the book considers the nature of marriage and applies its account to controversial ethical questions, such as the connection between love, sex, and commitment and the moral issues involving contraception, same-sex activity, and reproductive technology. With philosophical rigor and sophistication, Pruss provides carefully argued answers to controversial questions in Christian sexual ethics.

The Embrace of Eros

The topic of sexuality intersects directly with the most contested historical, theological, and ethical questions of our day.

The Embrace of Eros

Author: Margaret D. Kamitsuka

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451413513

Page: 368

View: 332

The topic of sexuality intersects directly with the most contested historical, theological, and ethical questions of our day. In this edgy yet profound volume, noted scholars and theologians assay the Christian tradition's classic and contemporary understandings of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity. The project unfolds in three phases: contemporary assessments of the Christian tradition, new thinking about eros and being human religiously, and new perspectives on classic mysteries in light of eros and embodiment.

Religion the Body and Sexuality

This engaging book is an excellent addition to introductory courses on religion or sexuality and is a much-needed new volume for advanced courses on the intersections of these areas of human experience.

Religion  the Body  and Sexuality

Author: Nina Hoel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351749560

Page: 168

View: 936

How does religion relate to bodies and sexualities? Many people would answer, simply, "through repression," but the relationship is much more complicated than that. While many religions draw boundaries between what they consider to be appropriate and inappropriate use of the human body, especially in the realm of sexuality, the same religions often celebrate human sexuality and even expect sexual partners to provide each other with sexual pleasure. Celibacy, too, is more than just repression, and sometimes it is even seen as providing the practitioner with great spiritual power; in other settings, the sex act itself is understood to provide this power. Religion, the Body, and Sexuality offers students and general readers a sophisticated and accessible exploration of the connections between religion, sexuality, and the body, through case studies and overviews in the following thematic chapters: Celibacy Regulation Controversy Violence Innovation Instrumentalization Ecstasy Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading, questions for further thought, and a list of relevant media resources. This engaging book is an excellent addition to introductory courses on religion or sexuality and is a much-needed new volume for advanced courses on the intersections of these areas of human experience.

Christian Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender

Christian Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender is a collection of important, challenging and creative articles. Originally published separately in different journals they are offered here for the first time to a wider audience.

Christian Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender

Author: Elizabeth Stuart

Publisher: Gracewing Publishing

ISBN: 9780802842282

Page: 478

View: 422

Christian Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender is a collection of important, challenging and creative articles. Originally published separately in different journals they are offered here for the first time to a wider audience. The writers represent a variety of Christian (and one non-Christian) responses to issues such as: sexuality and the Christian tradition; sexuality and gender; power and relation; marriage; sexuality and spirituality; love; gay and lesbian sexuality; the body; sexuality and love; sexuality and violence; sexuality and singleness and the family. Christian Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender will prove a vital and invaluable resource to scholars, students and all those interested in Christianity's attempts to wrestle with issues of sexuality and gender.

The Body and Society

Looks at the development of celibacy in the Christian Church from the first to fifth centuries A.D., and compares marriage and sexuality in the Roman, Judaic, and early Christian worlds

The Body and Society

Author: Peter Brown

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780231061018

Page: 504

View: 850

Looks at the development of celibacy in the Christian Church from the first to fifth centuries A.D., and compares marriage and sexuality in the Roman, Judaic, and early Christian worlds

Body Sex and Pleasure

Contending that body, sex, and pleasure are divine gifts revealing God's grace, Gudorf emphasizes the need to understand sexual desire as a positive good, a source of love and commitment.

Body  Sex  and Pleasure

Author: Christine E. Gudorf

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780829810622

Page: 276

View: 929

Perhaps no other single moral issue today is as hotly contested, or as divisive, as sexuality. Offering a bold and hopeful vision of how Christians - and all people of goodwill - can view this explosive topic, ethicist Christine Gudorf proposes nothing less than a sweeping challenge to traditional Christian teaching on sexual roles, activities, and relationships. Deftly drawing on Scripture, natural law, historical and contemporary Catholic and Protestant theology, the social sciences, and, significantly, the lived experiences of today's women and men, Gudorf presents a carefully crafted and systematic reconstruction of Christian sexual ethics. Her aim, above all, is to engender appreciation, not rejection and shame, of our bodies and our sexuality. Contending that body, sex, and pleasure are divine gifts revealing God's grace, Gudorf emphasizes the need to understand sexual desire as a positive good, a source of love and commitment. She further explores the relationship between sexuality and reproduction, arguing that "procreationism" - the assumption that the sole aim and ultimate end of sexuality must always be offspring - is unjust and oppressive. Written with insight, clarity, and compassion, Body, Sex, and Pleasure is a provocative and compelling call to all women and men to reject the damaging influence of body/soul dualism - and, ultimately, to do justice to the Incarnation, the central revelations of Scripture, and human dignity.

Between Two Gardens

In Between Two Gardens, theologian and ethicist James B. Nelson seeks to stimulate a further reexamination of human sexuality and the Christian experience.

Between Two Gardens

Author: James B. Nelson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1556356331

Page: 206

View: 353

In Between Two Gardens, theologian and ethicist James B. Nelson seeks to stimulate a further reexamination of human sexuality and the Christian experience. Here he continues to explore concerns posed in his earlier work, Embodiment. Traditionally, the relationship between religion and spirituality has reflected this one-dimensional question: What does faith say about human sexuality? Nelson, however, takes a different tack and asks more pertinently: What does sexuality say about faith--theology, scripture, tradition, and the meaning of the gospel? With this more existential perspective in mind, he explores a wide range of sexual and medical issues. Nelson discusses men's liberation; sexuality in Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant interpretations; religious and moral questions of professionals working with homosexual counselees; singleness of the church; the family; and attitudes toward abortion. Reflecting on these topics, he writes out of a healthy conviction that the process of integrating human sexuality and the life of faith is an important journey.

The Christian Meaning of Human Sexuality

The unique gift of human sexuality allows us to choose, or not to choose, to participate in one form of God's creation. This book presents the understanding of human sexuality that divine revelation offers us.

The Christian Meaning of Human Sexuality

Author: Paul Quay, S.J ., Ph.D

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1621641236

Page: 240

View: 796

An updated and expanded edition of a classic work on the Christian meaning of human sexuality by an acclaimed teacher and priest. The unique gift of human sexuality allows us to choose, or not to choose, to participate in one form of God's creation. This book presents the understanding of human sexuality that divine revelation offers us. It is intended primarily for Christian adults who wish to know what kinds of sexual behavior are right or wrong, and to gain true insight into why such behavior is right or wrong for those who seek to love and live in Christ. For sexual morality is part of the mystery of our life in Christ and makes full sense only when seen as such. Understanding of this Christian mystery, as far as we are given access to it, is offered us through the Scriptures and the living Tradition of the Church. This book uses Scripture and the teaching of the early Church Fathers to show what sexuality means in Christian terms, and is an indispensable guide to learning not just what the Church teaches, but why. Quay's insightful descriptions of the complementarity of male and female, a complementarity that is psychological, spiritual and bodily are exceptionally illuminating. It also explains the Bible's frequent use of the symbolism of marriage and sexuality in its accounts of the Covenant to understand better the relationship between God and his people, and the relationship of spouses to one another. It reflects on the natural symbolism of the human body and of spousal communion as a way to understand what is right and proper in sexual activity, and what is not. The new material in this expanded edition considers the theology of natural family planning (NFP). It explains the moral principles that govern the use of NFP and also provides a theological reflection on the meaning of this practice.

Theology and Sexuality

This much-needed volume draws on a wide range of resources and some of the freshest talent in the field to examine debates about theology and sexuality.

Theology and Sexuality

Author: Eugene F. Rogers, Jr.

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631212768

Page: 448

View: 216

This much-needed volume draws on a wide range of resources and some of the freshest talent in the field to examine debates about theology and sexuality. Material is drawn from a variety of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary texts to provide readers with a broad perspective on the issues discussed.

The Good News of the Body

Noting that Jesus, while being declared divine, took human form, the volume questions what happens when the flesh, rather than the Word, is placed at the center of theological reflection.

The Good News of the Body

Author: Lisa Isherwood

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814737684

Page: 230

View: 796

God has assumed a significant role in the sex lives of believers. It is God who decrees which types of sexual expression are permitted, and which forbidden. Through the Church, a patriarchal sexual landscape has been enacted to control sexual bodies which exerts its influence even in our secular culture. The Good News of the Body is a wide-ranging anthology on feminist sexual theology. Noting that Jesus, while being declared divine, took human form, the volume questions what happens when the flesh, rather than the Word, is placed at the center of theological reflection. What happens when women's bodies form the incarnational starting point for sexual politics and theology? Contributors, including Rosemary Ruether, Mary Hunt, and Melissa Raphael, examine such topics as the possibility of a Roman Catholic approach to sexuality bringing together the three aspects of Christian love of eros, philia, and agape; Jewish sexual and mystical teaching; the de-sexing of the disabled; erotic celibacy; human sexuality and the concept of the goddess; and the sometimes surprisingly similar conclusions about contraception reached by feminists and popes.

Human Sexuality

This book draws on the ethical reflections of many thinkers, and it draws on much work in psychology, but its primary focus is either that of ethics or of psychology.

Human Sexuality

Author: John C. Dwyer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781556120763

Page: 161

View: 802

Sexuality is both fascinating and troubling. It seems to promise that transcendence of ourselves which is our deepest human desire, and yet it makes us painfully aware of our limits and of the supreme difficulty of finding ourselves in the process of losing ourselves. The relationship of Christianity to sexuality has been particularly troubled, but this book is an attempt to reflect on the phenomenon of sexuality from the standpoint of what is central to Christianity, that is, the view of God and of the human condition which became real in the words and in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The book tries to answer this question: if we take Christianity seriously, how do we think about our sexuality and what do we do about it? This book draws on the ethical reflections of many thinkers, and it draws on much work in psychology, but its primary focus is either that of ethics or of psychology. The book intends to be theology: the attempt to talk intelligently about God and the relationship of God to every area of human existence and especially to those aspects of life which are near the center of the human personality: and foremost among such is sexuality.

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel

Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you're wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God's grand story and realize that holy ...

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel

Author: Christopher Yuan

Publisher: Multnomah Books

ISBN: 0735290911

Page: 256

View: 335

From the author of Out of a Far Country, which details his dramatic conversion from an agnostic gay man who put his identity in his sexuality to a Bible professor who now puts his identity in Christ alone, comes a gospel-centered discussion of sex, desire, and relationships. Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality--chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage--in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you're wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God's grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.

Body and Soul

Ellison and Thorson-Smith have coedited a collection of essays--in collaboration with two dozen prominent theologians--that plays off the controversial 1991 Presbyterian study they coauthored entitled Keeping Body and Soul Together: ...

Body and Soul

Author: Marvin M. Ellison

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1606080237

Page: 414

View: 736

Ellison and Thorson-Smith have coedited a collection of essays--in collaboration with two dozen prominent theologians--that plays off the controversial 1991 Presbyterian study they coauthored entitled Keeping Body and Soul Together: Sexuality, Spirituality, and Social Justice; and takes stock of sexuality, religion, and ethics at the beginning of the new millennium. The cutting-edge analyses address the possibilities--and demands--of a justice-love ethic for individuals, church, and society.

Marriage and Sexuality in Early Christianity

The books in the series make the wealth of early Christian thought available to new generations of students of theology and provide a valuable resource for the church.

Marriage and Sexuality in Early Christianity

Author: David G. Hunter

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1506446000

Page: 272

View: 793

Marriage and Sexuality in Early Christianity is part of Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. The books in the series make the wealth of early Christian thought available to new generations of students of theology and provide a valuable resource for the church. Developed in light of recent patristic scholarship, the volumes provide a representative sampling of theological contributions from both East and West. The series provides volumes that are relevant for a variety of courses: from introduction to theology to classes on doctrine and the development of Christian thought. The goal of each volume is not to be exhaustive but rather to be representative enough to denote for a nonspecialist audience the multivalent character of early Christian thought, allowing readers to see how and why early Christian doctrine and practice developed the way it did.

Gay and Catholic

In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can ...

Gay and Catholic

Author: Eve Tushnet

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

ISBN: 1594715432

Page: 224

View: 531

Winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Award: Gender Issues Category (First Place). In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching. Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the “zoo animals,” she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality. Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith is the fruit of Tushnet’s searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.

A Bio Spiritual Approach to Sexuality

In A Bio-Spiritual Approach to Sexuality, Edwin M. McMahon, Ph.D and Peter A. Campbell Ph.D. examine the broad qualities and experiences that people share that increase intimacy as two people grow together.

A Bio Spiritual Approach to Sexuality

Author: Edwin McMahon

Publisher: Sheed & Ward

ISBN: 1461732743

Page: 34

View: 454

In A Bio-Spiritual Approach to Sexuality, Edwin M. McMahon, Ph.D and Peter A. Campbell Ph.D. examine the broad qualities and experiences that people share that increase intimacy as two people grow together.

Embodying Religion Gender and Sexuality

Intoduction : embodying religion, gender and sexualities / Sarah-Jane Page and Katy Pilcher -- Contested embodiment : the use of prayer in public displays of anti-abortion activism / Sarah-Jane Page and Pam Lowe -- Speaking the body : ...

Embodying Religion  Gender and Sexuality

Author: Sarah-Jane Page

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780367649555

Page: 240

View: 430

Intoduction : embodying religion, gender and sexualities / Sarah-Jane Page and Katy Pilcher -- Contested embodiment : the use of prayer in public displays of anti-abortion activism / Sarah-Jane Page and Pam Lowe -- Speaking the body : examining the intersections of sexuality, secularity and religion in Dutch sexuality education / Brenda Bartelink and Jelle Wiering -- Embodied conversions and sexual selves : new Jewish, Christian and Muslim women in the Netherlands / Lieke Schrijvers -- Embodying religion, gender and citizenship : a case-study of Muslim girls playing football in a Dutch urban neighbourhood / Kathrine van den Bogert -- Letting the juices flow : reclaiming the body through witchcraft / Emma Quilty -- Living an "orgasmic" life : the spiritual and religious journeys of practitioners of orgasmic meditation / Katy Pilcher -- Reading Biblical embodiment cispiciously / Jo Henderson-Merrygold -- Appropriate, enigmatic, aspirational : the construction of femininity in online videos for evangelical women's conferences / Emily Winter -- The empty womb, the unanswered prayer : female infertility and involuntary childlessness in British Mormon communities / Alison Halford -- Premarital pregnancy and embodied femininity : women policing women in Nigeria's Christian communities / George Amakor -- Tangled layers : the female body in the Maghreb at the intersection of religion, history, and culture / Rachida Yassine -- Tying the turban : gendered religious fashion among Sikh diaspora / Sara Bonfanti.