Author: Eugene F. Rogers, Jr.Publish On: 1999-08-25
This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body.
Author: Eugene F. Rogers, Jr.
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.
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.
Author: Christine E. Gudorf
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.
Author: Paul Quay, S.J ., Ph.DPublish On: 2017-10-07
Christians sometimes fail to realize the importance that Scripture gives to Christ's body, his own physical body, not just his mystical body. Firstly, we have been
redeemed and have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ...
Author: Paul Quay, S.J ., Ph.D
Publisher: Ignatius Press
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.
Furthermore, we were justified by the raising of His flesh and blood in glory from
the tomb, by the new life of that body that had died for us on the cross. His
entrance into heaven was a bodily entrance. Christ's resurrection and ascension
Author: Paul M. Quay
Publisher: Ignatius Press
A work for Christian adults that offers true and approachable insights into why there is right and wrong sexual behavior
Introduction Incarnational consciousness demands descent into the body : my
personal body , the body of my community , my earth , this cosmos . Not only do I
need to unlock the Word and Image hidden in me , personally , and embody it ; I ...
Author: Elizabeth Stuart
Publisher: Gracewing Publishing
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.
Rogers, Sexuality and the Christian Body, 72–85, 190–96, 206–8, 211–17, et
passim. While Evdokimov does not figure so explicitly in Rogers's later work on
the Holy Spirit, his influence stands in the shadow and continues to exert a strong
Author: Roy R. Jeal
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This collection of essays was originally presented at the St. Margaret's Consultation on Doctrine, Liturgy, and Preaching held at St. Margaret's Anglican Church in Winnipeg, Canada in 2008. They consider human sexuality and marriage from a distinctly theological rather than polemical standpoint, aiming to avoid frequently polarized debates. The interesting commonality indicated in the articles is that sex and marriage are not about self-fulfillment, but are outwardly directed, aimed toward the other person, toward growth, maturity, and deepened spirituality, for the benefit of the church, for productive good, and for children. The first section explores theological and ethical issues surrounding human sexuality and aims toward understanding the nature of relationships in these contexts. The second section explores the spiritual nature of marriage and the history of thinking on marriage and family within Christian theology. For those interested in pursuing truly theological engagement with marriage and sexuality, this collection is required reading.
Traditional Christian treatment of sexuality occurred within a framework of soul- body dualism: The self was identified with the soul-mind-will, and the body was
understood to represent a lower animal nature that was to be possessed and ...
Author: Donald W. Musser
Publisher: Abingdon Press
This handbook provides thorough introductory articles on important themes in Christian theology. Along with cross-references and select bibliographies, it is an indispensable reference source. The Handbook consists of 148 topical entries arranged alphabetically. Instead of a Table of Contents, a "Routes For Reading" page suggests related entries, and cross-referencing makes 'surfing' this volume easier than ever.
Author: Margaret D. KamitsukaPublish On: 2010-01-19
The topic of sexuality intersects directly with the most contested historical, theological, and ethical questions of our day.
Author: Margaret D. Kamitsuka
Publisher: Fortress Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
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.
Lowe, Donald (1995) The Body in Late-capitalist USA (Durham, NC: Duke
University Press). McCarthy, David Matzko (2001) Sex and Love in the Home (
London: SCM). Rogers, Eugene F. (1999) Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their
Way to ...
Author: Stanley Hauerwas
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Featuring updates, revisions, and new essays from various scholars within the Christian tradition, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, Second Edition reveals how Christian worship is the force that shapes the moral life of Christians. Features new essays on class, race, disability, gender, peace, and the virtues Includes a number of revised essays and a range of new authors The innovative and influential approach organizes ethical themes around the shape of Christian worship The original edition is the most successful to-date in the Companions to Religion series
Roberts, Christopher C. Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual
Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage. New York: T. & T. Clark, 2007.
Rogers, Eugene F., Jr. Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way into the ...
Author: Geoffrey Rees
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
From the polling place to the pulpit, The Romance of Innocent Sexuality investigates the passions that are enacted in debates about same-sex marriage. In a critique that is at once humorous and unrelenting, Geoffrey Rees argues that sexual desire is fundamentally a desire to make sense of oneself as a whole person. Through a constructive engagement with the writings of Saint Augustine on original sin, Rees turns on its head the conventional wisdom regarding the goodness of sexual relationship, arguing that sin, not innocence, is the starting point in pursing justice in sexual ethics. To that end Rees boldly reclaims the wisdom of the most disreputable teachings of the Augustinian tradition: that original sin is a literal inheritance of all humanity of the singular disobedience of Adam and Eve in Eden, and the inherent sinfulness of all human sexuality. This work also engages theological readings of nineteenth-century fiction and literary readings of contemporary theological writings. In so doing Rees shows that debates about same-sex marriage are so compelling because the participants are all telling a common story in which they seek to establish the innocence of their own preferred forms of self-understanding as defined against some other persons' sinful selves. In contrast to this, Rees argues for the acceptance of responsibility for the sinful exclusions that make possible finding the meaning of embodied personal identity through marriage between any two persons.
A Christian View John C. Dwyer ... Bodies: Ourselves. It is dangerous to try to
separate ourselves from our sexuality, and the dangers involved are all rooted ...
The truth is very different: the body is the revelation of the person and the symbol
Author: John C. Dwyer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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.
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 ...
Author: Alexander R. Pruss
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
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.
Rogers, Sexuality and the Christian Body (Oxford, UK: Blackwell,. 115. This
essay will sidestep questions about the social construction of romance. I am
going to assume—perhaps naively—that there is something perennial and
Author: The Other Journal
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
FEATURING: Barbara Brown Taylor Philip C. Kolin Amy Frykholm Joyce Polance PLUS: The Enduring World of Dr. Schultz: James Baldwin, Django Unchained, and the Crisis of Whiteness Painlove Soulful Resistance: Theological Body Knowledge on Tennessee's Death Row This Cursed Womb The Problem of Gay Friendship AND MORE . .
... sexuality. In the chapter below, Martin introduces four distinct fields of the religious imagination that profess to know Jesus' ... From early on, Christians
were occupied with understanding the sensuous and sexual body of Jesus.
Author: Björn Krondorfer
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
A comprehensive collection of texts that maps out the field of Critical Men's Studies in Religion. It contains 35 key texts that engage with the position of men in society and church, the ideals of masculinity as engendered by religious discourse, and alternative trajectories of being in the world, whether spiritually, relationally or sexually.
7–17. Rogers, E.F. (1999) Sexuality and the Christian Body, Black- well, Malden,
MA/Oxford. Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (1975) Persona
Humana: Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, ...
Author: Adrian Thatcher
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Social Science
Engagingly and clearly written by a highly respected theologian, God, Sex, and Gender is the first comprehensive introduction to a theology of both sexuality and gender available in a single volume. Makes a theological contribution to understanding the unprecedented changes in sexual and gender relationships of the last fifty years Discusses many topics including: sexual difference; sexual equality; gender and power; the nature of desire; the future of marriage in Christian sexual ethics; homosexuality and same-sex unions; the problems of sexual minorities; contraception in a time of HIV/AIDS; the separation of sexual experience from marriage; and offers new arguments for marriage and for chastity Offers a consistent and engaging introduction at the cutting edge of theological inquiry, which is contemporary, undogmatic, questioning, and relevant to readers' experience, interests, and needs Written lucidly and engagingly by an established and respected academic who has published widely in this area
In the first chapter I pursue that theme through two aspects of body that are often
said to be at the furthest remove from Christianity's own emphases: the body as
beautiful and as sexual. The long history of Christianity's suspicion of sexuality ...
Author: David Brown
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
An exploration of the ways in which the symbolic associations of the body and what we do with it have helped shape religious experience and continue to do so. David Brown writes excitingly about the potential of dance and music - including pop, jazz, and opera - to enhance spirituality and widen theological horizons.
Sexual acts are governed by this high dignity accorded the body, so much so that
Paul describes sex with a prostitute as becoming “one flesh” with her. As
historian Peter Brown comments, “It was a startling use of an image of physical
Author: Thomas P. Power
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Thoughtful Christians are legitimately perplexed by a number of issues relating to the church's belief and practice. They are perplexed partly because they recognize that the issues themselves are thorny, and partly because they are not sure how to test the mutually inconsistent theories and explanations affirmed by diverse voices speaking with equal assurance. Most Christians find relatively little occasion or encouragement to address their perplexities with intellectual candor and integrity. If they dare to acknowledge their theological perplexities at all, they are too often told that these perplexities are unimportant, or that they can be answered very simply, or that they should be left to the experts. Guide for the Christian Perplexed, written by members of the faculty of Wycliffe College, Toronto, aims to explore a diversity of issues and questions to do with oour knowledge of Jesus othe meaning of suffering othe function of doctrine othe understanding of Scripture othe place of other religions othe challenge of atheism othe pleasures and complications of sexuality othe nature of worship othe way to evangelize ounderstanding who our neighbor is locally and globally odiversities of spirituality Here you will find thoughtful reflections and answers to the questions around these issues. A study guide is included for individual and group use.
Platonized Christianity One of Christianity's greatest paradoxes is its attitude
toward the human body. ... In so doing, they established within mainstream Christian thought a platonic- and stoic-influenced view toward the body and sexuality.
Author: Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas
Publisher: NYU Press
Womanist approaches to the study of religion and society have contributed much to our understanding of Black religious life, activism, and women's liberation. Deeper Shades of Purple explores the achievements of this movement over the past two decades and evaluates some of the leading voices and different perspectives within this burgeoning field. Deeper Shades of Purple brings together a who's who of scholars in the study of Black women and religion who view their scholarship through a womanist critical lens. The contributors revisit Alice Walker's definition of womanism for its viability for the approaches to discourses in religion of Black women scholars. Whereas Walker has defined what it means to be womanist, these contributors define what it means to practice womanism, and illuminate how womanism has been used as a vantage point for the theoretical orientations and methodological approaches of Black women scholar-activists. Contributors: Karen Baker-Fletcher, Katie G. Cannon, M. Shawn Copeland, Kelly Brown Douglas, Carol B. Duncan, Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Rachel Elizabeth Harding, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, Melanie L. Harris, Diana L. Hayes, Dwight N. Hopkins, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Kwok Pui-Lan, Daisy L. Machado, Debra Majeed, Anthony B. Pinn, Rosetta Ross, Letty M. Russell, Shani Settles, Dianne M. Stewart, Raedorah Stewart-Dodd, Emilie M. Townes, Traci C. West, and Nancy Lynne Westfield.
Christians seeking guidance were not particularly helped by the Bible, which had
much to say about adultery and ... In all human cul- tures, he observed, the
private body parts are covered and hidden, even as sexual intercourse occurs in
Author: Hans J. Hillerbrand
Publisher: Abingdon Press
This book is a history of Christianity from its earliest beginnings to the end of the twentieth century. The book provides students with an introduction to the many persons, places, movements, and events necessary for the telling of our story, the story of the Church. This history of Christianity is told in its essentials, simply and straightforwardly for students with little or no experience in the academic study of religion. It is a story told within the complex contexts of larger world events and world cultures, but defined and simplified by attention to those developments which have proven most influential for the past and present shaping of Church thought and practice. The book is a comprehensive and definitive introduction to the history of Christianity. It provides students with the necessary outline and description of the broad sweep of movements and periods in this history, but it also pauses at important points to provide details about the lives of Christians as lived at various times and in various locations. This story is told in easy-to-understand prose and with illustrative photographs, maps and charts.