Based on the 2016 conference of the Center for Pastor Theologians, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians on the theme of human sexuality. Contributors engage with Scripture, draw on examples from church history, and delve into current issues in contemporary culture, including embodiment, marriage, homosexuality, pornography, transgenderism, and gender dysphoria.
Jack and Judith Balswick investigate how human sexuality originates both biologically and socially, lay groundwork for a normative Christian interpretation of sexuality, show how authentic sexuality is necessarily grounded in relationships, and explore forms of "inauthentic sexuality" such as sexual harassment, pornography and rape.
Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse help us face questions surrounding the issue of homosexuality squarely and honestly, examining how scientific research has been used within church debates--especially within Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Episcopal contexts.
Reliable, clear and compassionate, Thomas E. Schmidt's examination of homosexuality focuses on all the main points of debate. "Without question the premier interdisciplinary resource for thinking Christians"--Stanton L. Jones, Wheaton College.
Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse present social science research on homosexuals designed to answer the questions: Can those who receive religiously-informed psychotherapy experience a change in their sexual orientation? Are such programs harmful to participants?
When three of Andrew Marin's friends came out to him in the span of three months, he was confronted head-on with the question of how to reconcile his friends with his faith. Love Is an Orientation is the result of years of wrestling with this issue. In the book, Marin speaks out with compassion and conviction, elevating the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community so that the focus is moved from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs.
When Christians have same-sex attraction, how should the church respond? Pastor Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, yet he is committed to Scripture and the church's traditional position on sexuality. In this honest book, he shares his own experiences and shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full.
This volume by William J. Webb explores the hermeneutical maze that accompanies any treatment of these three controversial topics and takes a new step toward breaking down walls within the evangelical community related to them.
Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris argues that the Christian tradition holds a distinct vision for sexuality without sexual identity categories. She shows how this Christian framework accounts for complex postmodern realities and addresses problems with common Christian and cultural understandings of heterosexuality and homosexuality.
In culture that exploits sex in everything from advertising to climbing the corporate ladder, it's easy to lose sight of the true purpose and place of sexuality. Philosopher and ethicist Caroline J. Simon identifies six "lenses" through which people understand sex and sexuality and provides clarity for developing a holistic, biblical sexual ethic.
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