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: 880

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.

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: 648

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.

A Christian Exploration of Women s Bodies and Rebirth in Shin Buddhism

In Christian reflection on Jesus Christ, there have been two primary ways of
thinking about his physicality. First, the maleness of ... Second, Jesus has been
described as entirely without sexuality, a sexual body, or sexual desire. In this
context ...

A Christian Exploration of Women s Bodies and Rebirth in Shin Buddhism

Author: Kristin Johnston Largen

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498536565

Page: 212

View: 552

Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism inherited many negative doctrines around women’s bodies, which in some early Buddhist texts were presented as an obstacle to rebirth, and a hindrance to awakening in general. Beginning with an examination of these doctrines, the book explores Shin teachings and texts, as well as the Japanese context in which they developed, with a focus on women and rebirth in Amida’s Pure Land. These doctrines are then compared to similar doctrines in Christianity and used to suggestion fruitful avenues of Christian theological reflection.

Honoring God with Body and Mind

Sexual Ethics for Christians Steven D. Hoogerwerf. Gresh, Dannah. And the
Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity. Chicago: Moody ... Paper
presented at CCCU Consultation on Human Sexuality, Calvin College,
November 2004.

Honoring God with Body and Mind

Author: Steven D. Hoogerwerf

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532687087

Page: 242

View: 403

Have you ever wondered how it would look to live out a Christian sexual ethic amid the varied and confusing sexual messages that are part of modern culture? Does the Christian tradition provide us with a way to think about and act on our natural, God-given sexual desires? Honoring God with Body and Mind invites readers to consider these questions--and some ways of answering them--by guiding them into a conversational style of moral reflection. Unlike many books about Christians and sex, this one doesn't simply tell you what to do (or not to do). Instead, you will be led to think about how the meaning of sex can provide sexual boundaries, but also how the relational dimension of sex and the virtue of sexual integrity can provide a context for sexual decision-making. Informed by many years of conversations with college students, the author also invites you to think about practical questions such as these: Can men and women be friends without the complications of sexual attraction? If I haven't always included Christian values in my sexual practices and carry some painful memories and regrets, is there any hope of healing? What is lust? Is masturbation sinful? Can virginity be reclaimed?

The Oxford Handbook of New Testament Gender and Sexuality

The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200–1336. New York:
Columbia University Press. Clark, Elizabeth A. 1992. The Origenist Controversy:
The Cultural Construction of an Early Christian Debate. Princeton, NJ: Princeton
 ...

The Oxford Handbook of New Testament  Gender  and Sexuality

Author: Benjamin H. Dunning

Publisher: Oxford Handbooks

ISBN: 0190213396

Page: 736

View: 996

Over several decades, scholarship in New Testament and early Christianity has drawn attention both to the ways in which ancient Mediterranean conceptions of embodiment, sexual difference, and desire were fundamentally different from modern ones and also to important lines of genealogical connection between the past and the present. The result is that the study of "gender" and "sexuality" in early Christianity has become an increasingly complex undertaking. This is a complexity produced not only by the intricacies of conflicting historical data, but also by historicizing approaches that query the very terms of analysis whereby we inquire into these questions in the first place. Yet at the same time, recent work on these topics has produced a rich and nuanced body of scholarly literature that has contributed substantially to our understanding of early Christian history and also proved relevant to ongoing theological and social debates. The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in the New Testament provides a roadmap to this lively scholarly landscape, introducing both students and other scholars to the relevant problems, debates, and issues. Leading scholars in the field offer original contributions by way of synthesis, critical interrogation, and proposals for future questions, hypotheses, and research trajectories.

The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America

73 This striking image of the man's body “as full of Holes as possible it could be”
presents readers with the image of a Christian form wrested of its physical
integrity, “butchered” like an animal, formerly figura but now meat. Alongside ...

The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America

Author: Greta LaFleur

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 1421438844

Page: 304

View: 317

Ultimately, The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America not only rewrites all dominant scholarly narratives of eighteenth-century sexual behavior but poses a major intervention into queer theoretical understandings of the relationship between sex and the subject.

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: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231061001

Page: 504

View: 283

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 Blood and Sexuality

The likeness of man and God can best be expressed in a concrete manner -
through the body . Especially , since it was through the wounds on his body that
Christ established his identity after his resurrection ( Luke , 24 , 39 - 40 ; John , 20
, 29 ) ...

Body  Blood  and Sexuality

Author: Nitza Yarom

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Page: 148

View: 728

In 1224 St. Francis had his stigmata, the first stigmata in history. These spontaneous bleeding wounds, which model those of the crucified Jesus, can be considered a symptom of conversion-hysteria. According to Freud's concept of hysteria, the body, through the symptom, conveys the message of an underlying conflict, which is primarily sexual, an outcry of frustrated femininity. The stigmata of St. Francis raises two major questions: that of the psychological makeup to enable the development of such a hysterical symptom, and that of the historical context which institutionalized a bodily manifestation to answer the needs and conflicts of its time. This book answers both questions through the use of the same psychoanalytic model.

Theology and Sexuality

Each chapter includes discussion questions and/or reflective exercises at the end of each chapter together with a short bibliography. Throughout the text, key summaries of learning will be indicated by boxed Practice Points.

Theology and Sexuality

Author: Susannah Cornwall

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334045304

Page: 195

View: 584

The SCM Studyguide Pastoral Theology designed to support undergraduate courses for the training of clergy and lay pastoral workers at an accessible introductory level. The book aims to develop pastoral wisdom and integrity through a critical integration of theology and the human sciences. Introducing key themes in theological anthropology and pastoral practice, it shapes a creative pastoral vision which is deeply rooted in a Christian vision of what it means to be human and what it takes to care. Working with case studies, the book will introduce broad frameworks of understanding of issues such as growth, loss, and sexuality, together with critical perspectives on important aspects of practice such as language, power and boundaries. The book provides an accessible overview of key concepts in pastoral theology, offering key entry points for further discussion and study. Each chapter includes discussion questions and/or reflective exercises at the end of each chapter together with a short bibliography. Throughout the text, key summaries of learning will be indicated by boxed Practice Points.

A New Handbook of Christian Theology

SEXUALITY Christian theologians now share a general awareness that
Christianity has been dominated for most of its ... Traditional Christian treatment
of sexuality occurred within a framework of soul - body dualism : The self was
identified ...

A New Handbook of Christian Theology

Author: Donald W. Musser

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 525

View: 306

A handbook of Christian theology (1958) contained 101 essays that introduced students and interested laity to a basic understanding of theological terms, concepts, and trends. The New handbook contains 148 fresh articles to map the contours of a changed theological terrain. Annotation copyright Book

Queer Theology

Queer Theology makes an important contribution to public debate about Christianity and sex. This remarkable collection of essays reconceptualizes the body and its desires, enlarging the meaning of sexuality for the good of the churches.

Queer Theology

Author: Gerard Loughlin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470766263

Page: 368

View: 891

Queer Theology makes an important contribution to public debate about Christianity and sex. A remarkable collection of specially commissioned essays by some of the brightest and best of Anglo-American scholars Edited by one of the leading theologians working at the interface between religion and contemporary culture Reconceptualizes the body and its desires Enlarges the meaningfulness of Christian sexuality for the good of the Church Proposes that bodies are the mobile products of changing discourses and regimes of power.

The Sexuality of Jesus

The Distortion of Sexuality in the Christian Tradition, ushering in a generation of critical study of this sacrosanct subject. The Sexuality of Jesus is the harvest of his research.

The Sexuality of Jesus

Author: William E. Phipps

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608995801

Page: 256

View: 399

1970 William Phipps rocked Christianity with his controversial Was Jesus Married? The Distortion of Sexuality in the Christian Tradition, ushering in a generation of critical study of this sacrosanct subject. The Sexuality of Jesus is the harvest of his research. Carefully analyzing such subjects as celibacy, sexuality, and gender in first-century Palestine, Phipps suggests how Jesus' life and teaching undermined traditional attitudes toward women and the human body--and how the Jesus of the Gospels can inform discussions of gender and sexuality today. How does the Christian tradition of sexual renunciation reflect--or distort-biblical and Christian understandings of the body? Does Jesus represent the full flowering of sexuality, or its rejection? How did women, particularly Mary Magdalene, view Jesus? Addressing these and other questions, Phipps seeks to release the pivotal personality of Jesus from the dehumanizing treatments found in much of the Christian tradition. Unabashedly dealing with the most contentious of topics, The Sexuality of Jesus is a fresh and provocative analysis of sexuality and religious faith.

Body Theology

Nelson offers an incarnational way of doing theology in this unique book.

Body Theology

Author: James B. Nelson

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664253790

Page: 216

View: 828

Nelson offers an incarnational way of doing theology in this unique book. He takes body experiences seriously and views sexuality as central to the mystery of human experience and to the human relationship with God. He seeks to identify what Scripture and tradition say about sexuality and focuses on sexual theology, men's issues, and biomedical ethics.

The Christian in an Age of Sexual Eclipse

We must consider our role as male or female as a “ sexual calling . " As with the
offices within the body of Christ , and as with gifts expressed by the body of Christ
, so it is with human sexuality . Human sexuality is determined by the will of God ...

The Christian in an Age of Sexual Eclipse

Author: Michael Braun (Th. M.)

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

ISBN: 9780842302562

Page: 224

View: 719

Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Hence his exclamation : “ This at last is bone from my bones , and flesh from my
flesh , ” body from my body . . . . Eve is shown ... 6 : 15 - 17 that even the union of
the Christian disciple to Christ is according to the marital order of the first couple ...

Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Author: Monica Migliorino Miller

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 286

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Monica Migliorino Miller articulates a theology that breaks open the essence of ecclesial authority. Authority, if it is authority at all, derives from and exists for authentic Christian worship, namely, the Holy Eucharist. If authority is derived from Eucharistic worship, then authority is fundamentally the authority of a covenant. This book shows that this covenant is spoken according to a primordial sexual language rooted in creation itself.